Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) announced it had received Europe’s industry-first Type Approval by DNV, an international accredited registrar and classification society, for its marine fuel cell module FCwaveTM.
The Type Approval marks an important step in commercializing Ballard’s fuel cell technology for marine applications and including fuel cells as part of zero-emission solutions for the marine industry. The Type Approval process involved a series of simulations and tests carried out at Ballard’s global Marine Center of Excellence in Hobro, Denmark, where the FCwave™ is developed and manufactured.
The International Maritime Organization has set ambitious targets to cut GHG emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050. The high-power FCwaveTM module is a flexible solution that can support the energy needs of various vessel types and onshore power. The scalable 200kW power module offers a plug-and-play replacement for conventional diesel engines. The Type Approval certification confirms that the design meets the stringent safety, functional, design, and documentation requirements for global marine commercialization.