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Next step to climate-neutral ship

The methanol-powered fuel cell system from Meyer Werft’s strategic partner Freudenberg e-Power Systems is the first of its kind in the world to receive class approval. This means that the system can now be used on seagoing vessels and represents an important development step towards new maritime energy systems and climate-friendly shipping.

In more than 15 years of work, the Meyer Group has already taken several development steps: In the Pa-X-ell and Pa-X-ell2 research projects, the company first researched and developed the use of fuel cells at sea and then their integration into a ship system. Following trials with other partners, the MEYER Group is working with Freudenberg e-Power Systems as a strategic partner, which is keeping up with the high pace of development with its own capacities.

Meyer Werft is currently building the Silver Nova, which will be equipped with the world’s largest fuel cell system on a cruise ship. The ship will be able to run completely on this system in port without the help of combustion engines. Meyer Werft and Freudenberg e-Power Systems are also working together on the Pa-X-ell2 research project, in which a fuel cell system is being retrofitted on board the AIDAnova.

Meyer and Freudenberg are also planning further cooperation in the future – not only on newbuildings but also on existing ships. To this end, Meyer Neptum Engineering is already developing complete retrofit solutions and will work even more closely with Freudenberg e-Power Systems in a joint office in the future to advance joint developments even faster.