SOERMAR (Society for the Study of Maritime Resources) conducted the technical viability study prior to an R&D project for the advanced conceptual design of a hydrogen production, storage and fuel cell assembly to supply electric energy to the Freire Shipyard, Astander and Astilleros de Mallorca shipyards. The strategy of the participating shipyards is to acquire the necessary know-how to install in the medium term a prototype that would be unique at national and European level.
“The development of this future project, based on an unprecedented technology at industrial level in the shipbuilding sector, would position the participating shipyards at the forefront in the development of clean and sustainable energy for self-supply”, explains Eva Novoa, general manager of SOERMAR.
Before designing the project, it is necessary to carry out a feasibility study with a structured methodology that guarantees its success and reduces risks and uncertainties at source. It assesses and analyses the potential of a future pilot development project to reduce emissions through the use of new technologies for which the participating shipyards have no specific knowledge or previous experience. This ensures that the decision-making process is objective and rational, that its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats are discovered, and that the resources needed to carry it out and its prospects for success are determined. The goal is the development of new or improved processes or services.
The scientific-technological objective of the project is to analyze the available technology related to the use of fuel cells and the feasibility of their application to supply the electrical and thermal needs of the participating shipyards. Also to investigate the different methodologies for using the residual heat of the fuel cell to increase its efficiency and reduce the need for other sources of energy for heating and hot water.
From a strategic point of view, the purpose is to design a facility for the generation and storage of sustainable electrical and thermal energy from hydrogen with guarantees of success. Also, to acquire knowledge for the participating shipyards to advance in the design and implementation of this technology in ship prototypes, which will allow them to have a technical and technological differentiation that will make them more eco-efficient and competitive at national and international level.
“In turn, from an industrial perspective, the objectives pursued are to achieve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use hydrogen for the production of electrical energy with an efficiency of no less than 80%, for which it is necessary to use energy from the waste heat generated by the fuel cell, which means having specialized technologists in the field,” says Alfonso Carneros, technical director of SOERMAR.
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