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10.10.2019 Press Release
Fuel Cells for Maritime Shipping
The sustainable reduction of emissions have become an important issue in shipping. The global shipping industry, represented by the IMO (International Maritime Organization), has set itself a climate protection target. By the year 2050, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 50 percent. In addition, emissions of exhaust pollutants are to be significantly reduced, especially in coastal waters. Already today, corresponding emission control areas and driving ban zones have been established or are even being extended in many coastal regions worldwide.
Last year, AIDAnova was the first cruise ship in the world to enter service with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG). The use of LNG is currently the most environmentally friendly solution in ship operation. As a result, the emission of fine dust and sulphur oxides is almost completely avoided and nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions are reduced.
Growth in this segment continues unabated. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), there are currently around 270 ships belonging to CLIA members worldwide.At less than one percent, the share of cruise ships in the global merchant fleet of about 90,000 ships is rather low. But tankers and cargo ships will also need to be converted to environmentally friendly propulsion and energy systems in the years to come.
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies participates in cross-company research in the maritime sector
Against the backdrop of ever stricter CO2 limits, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has been supporting industry in researching alternative propulsion and energy concepts for decades. As early as the mid-1990s, the company developed technically sophisticated components for fuel cells and batteries and, among other things, developed gas diffusion layers (GDL) and seals for fuel cell stacks ready for series production.
Experience at system level
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies strategically supplemented and strengthened the know-how it has built up over decades by acquiring a fuel cell manufacturer at the beginning of 2018. At the same time, the company has also acquired important technological expertise in battery technology through its investment in the US battery manufacturer XALT Energy. In this way, the company has achieved an outstanding market position in the field of alternative and electric drives with the two future technologies batteries and fuel cells. According to Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, the combination of these two technologies for clean, powerful and economical drives will be widely used in series production in the future.
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