The Bavarian hydrogen fuel cell specialist Proton Motor Fuel Cell is now successfully delivering its high-tech innovation HyShip 72. For the largest European shipbuilding group Fincantieri, based in Trieste, two fully redundant HyShip 72 product designs were primarily adapted for the power supply of the electric powertrain and other consumers of the ZEUS ship (Zero Emission Ultimate Ship).

The hydrogen-powered propulsion solution is equipped with Proton Motor fuel cells, a battery system as well as a metal hydride hydrogen storage system. This eco-friendly H2 hybrid arrangement is the main power supply for the zero-emission navigation. The multiple HyShip 72 applications provide power supply for recreational, passenger, cargo, working, military ships and submarines. The waste heat can also be used thermally, as intended for ZEUS, to extract the hydrogen from the metal hydrate. 

Two Proton Motor modules are the core of HyShip system 

In mid-December 2021, the technical acceptance and official release of the first HyShip product by Fincantieri and the classification society RINA took place for delivery to the customer. The core of a singular HyShip 72 are two integrated Proton Motor stack modules PM 400-120. They will be supplemented with a battery system and the hydrogen storage system based on metal hydride to an emission-free electric drive train. Hereby an entity has been successfully formed by combining fuel cell technology with a battery and hydrogen storage that produces 100 percent emission-free power on the open sea. 

Proton Motor: a partner for zero-emission navigation 

It is planned that in February the Fincantieri order will be finalised. In addition, follow-up orders in the field of green shipping respectively existing ones are currently being produced. This includes, for example, the collaboration in the project Ma-Hy-Hy (Marine-Hydrogen-Hybrid), which is being realised together with Torqeedo for the development of a marine high-voltage hybrid drive system with a battery and a hydrogen fuel cell.

In 2021, the UK company ACUA Ocean was supplied with a fuel cell Made in Germany for the world’s first CO2-free unmanned vessel for marine monitoring and protection. 


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