Advent Technologies Holdings has joined forces with Alfa Laval for a marine fuel cell development project.

The project will involve exploring applications for Advent’s methanol-powered high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells in the marine sector.

Financed by the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP), the project will involve testing the methanol-powered HT-PEM fuel cells as a marine auxiliary power source.

An international classification society will also conduct a risk assessment of the fuel cell system.

The result of a collaboration between Advent, Alfa Laval and a group of Danish shipowners, this project intends to incorporate the next generation of Advent’s fuel cells.

These fuel cells are claimed to be based on Advent’s next-generation membrane electrode assembly, which is presently being developed within the framework of L’Innovator.

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L’Innovator is a joint development programme involving Advent, the US Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The technology offered by Advent enables fuel cells to operate at high temperatures, including between 160°C and 220°C.

The fuel cells will act as a source of on-demand power across several applications and industries, including shipping, heavy-duty mobility and power generation.

Advent’s HT-PEM technology can use low-cost hydrogen-carrier fuels, such as methanol, emethanol and biomethanol.

Advent Technologies chairman and CEO Dr Vasilis Gregoriou said: “The Advent team is dedicated to accelerating the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.

“Our Serene fuel cells run on methanol – a clean alternative to fossil fuels – which is safer to handle than hydrogen gas and can be easily deployed on-site.”