The ABB and Ballard collaboration recently achieved an important milestone when it received an approval in principle (AIP) from leading classification society DNV for its high-power hydrogen fuel cell unit. DNV delivers testing, certification and technical advisory services and its AIP provides early phase verification of the new design concept, an important step in building trust in this new technology. With the AIP in place, the jointly developed solution can move to its next phase ahead of becoming commercially available in the next couple of years.
Sweden’s PowerCell, which also produces fuel cell modules, has also been working to bring mega-watt PEM fuel cell systems to the maritime market, with a focus on space, safety and classification issues. It, too, has been working closely with classification organisations, developing a safety case in accordance with IMO legislation.