Elsewhere, the tide is also turning: Clean air in shipping. With ever-higher emission standards and the introduction of no-go shipping lanes, the ground is gaining on environmentally friendly zero-emission fuel systems for ferries, tankers, fishing vessels, container ships, and cruise liners.
Vast ranges spanning thousands of kilometers at sea make it necessary to produce the hydrogen required for the “fuel cell power plant” on board – rather than calling at ports to refuel. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has patented so-called reformer technologies for upstream chemical hydrogen production from methanol or liquid natural gas. Here, too, customers receive the entire electrical fuel system including all subsystems from a single source.
As part of a project involving sustainable, CO2-free mobility at sea, Germany’s largest shipyard for cruise ship construction, the Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and other technology partners, will be equipping future generations of cruise ships with fuel cell propulsion systems. The days when ship engines fired with heavy oil and blowing clouds of soot full of pollutants from their chimneys may be drawing to a close.