The present paper proposes an outline layout for the integration of Fuel Cells (FC) as Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) source for application on board a Mega Yacht. The assessment of the applicability of an on board Fuel Cell system has been carried on in order to identify the implications in terms of necessary space and therefore the suitable vessel size in which the system could be installed. The investigation has also focussed on the most profitable operational conditions in which the system onboard could be used. The study includes the assessment of different Fuel Cell technologies as well as of different Hydrogen Storage systems in order to find the best compromise that suit the requirements. A technical sizing of the FC system to be installed on-board the ship has been created together with the study of its dynamic performance using as a reference the Nuvera Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell data. The spaces for the installation of the FC system and the Hydrogen Storage system has been evaluated. Finally an assessment of the installation technical impact on the ship has been made and a range of possible solutions found. The feasibility of the proposed design has been tested starting from Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled Mega Yacht concept provided by Fincantieri Shipyard.

Application of Fuel Cell System as Auxiliary Power Unit Onboard Mega Yacht Vessels: a Feasibility Study

MAGISTRI, LOREDANA;GUALENI, PAOLA;
2013

Abstract

The present paper proposes an outline layout for the integration of Fuel Cells (FC) as Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) source for application on board a Mega Yacht. The assessment of the applicability of an on board Fuel Cell system has been carried on in order to identify the implications in terms of necessary space and therefore the suitable vessel size in which the system could be installed. The investigation has also focussed on the most profitable operational conditions in which the system onboard could be used. The study includes the assessment of different Fuel Cell technologies as well as of different Hydrogen Storage systems in order to find the best compromise that suit the requirements. A technical sizing of the FC system to be installed on-board the ship has been created together with the study of its dynamic performance using as a reference the Nuvera Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell data. The spaces for the installation of the FC system and the Hydrogen Storage system has been evaluated. Finally an assessment of the installation technical impact on the ship has been made and a range of possible solutions found. The feasibility of the proposed design has been tested starting from Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled Mega Yacht concept provided by Fincantieri Shipyard.
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