Ballard and GEV Join Hands To Develop Fuel Cell Powered Ship For the Transport of Compressed Green Hydrogen

February 4, 2021

Ballard Power Systems, a Canadian producer of PEM fuel cell products for heavy vehicles, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Global Energy Ventures, an Australian provider of integrated compressed shipping solutions for the transportation of energy to regional markets, for the development of a new fuel cell-powered ship. The fuel cell-powered ship, named C-H2 Ship will be designed to transport compressed green hydrogen.

Model of Global Energy Ventures’ fuel cell-powered C-H2 Ship, to be powered by a Ballard system as it transports compressed green hydrogen (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.)

The C-H2 Fuel Cell Ship

The C-H2 Ship is a first-of-its-kind for the marine transport of large-scale volumes of green hydrogen. The ship will have a storage capacity of up to 2000 tonnes of compressed green hydrogen, which it will transport across the world. At full scale, the C-H2 Ship will have a propulsion power requirement of 26MW. The power required for a small-scale demonstration of the C-H2 Ship is expected to be under 10 megawatts (MW).

GEV will be responsible for design approvals, development, financing, and operation of C-H2 Ship, along with integration of the required power system. Ballard will be responsible for the design of the fuel cell system for the C-H2 Ship, based on its FCwaveTM technology, and will assist GEV with integration of the fuel cell system into the vessel's design. Ballard's FCwaveTM system will obtain its hydrogen fuel from the compressed green hydrogen stored onboard and transported by the vessel.

According to Martin Carolan, Executive Director of Global Energy Ventures, "This MOU is a significant step in our development of the Company's C-H2 Ship, with hydrogen fuel cells now at the forefront of zero-emission technologies for shipping. We look forward to working with Ballard on the development of the C-H2 Ship's fuel cell system and power requirements in line with our development program for a compressed shipping solution for hydrogen marine transport at scale."

Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer further added, "Hydrogen and fuel cell technology provide a compelling path for the decarbonization of the maritime sector, one of the key Medium- and Heavy-Duty Motive applications for which our products offer a particularly strong value proposition. Working with Global Energy Ventures will allow us to advance megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel cell and storage integration on board a large marine vessel. We are looking forward to collaborating with GEV on the visionary C-H2 Ship."

For more information see the full press release here.

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