Shell to trial hydrogen fuel cell ship with auxiliary H2 power

The energy giant has entered into a collaboration in which it will test the technology in Singapore.

Shell has announced its entry into a collaboration that will trial the use of a hydrogen fuel cell ship in Singapore.

It will require the development and installation of H2 fuel cells on vessels in Singapore.

The feasibility study of the technology will involve both developing and installing the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells for use as auxiliary power units on an existing Ro-Ro (roll on/roll off) transportation vessel.

This trial is a part of a collaboration between Shell and the Sembcorp Marine offshore and marine engineering group, as well as Penguin International, the Ro-Ro vessel’s owner. The fuel cell ship is used for transporting equipment, vehicles, and goods from the mainland to the Shell Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site.

This is a first of its kind study for both Shell and for Singapore as well. The goal is for the installation of the equipment by 2022.

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