Validation of a Renewable Methanol-based Auxiliary Power System for Commercial Vessels

There are many types of fuel cell on the market and the types mostly considered for marine applications are PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane), PAFC (Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell), MCFC (Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell) and SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell ). According to online chemical engineering information, the electric efficiencies of PEM and PAFC are lower than that of SOFC and MCFC. SOFC and MCFC are both high-temperature fuel cells having approximately the same range of electric efficiency. Today SOFC seems to be very promising and this project is utilizing a certain type of SOFC technology. Currently in Europe there are big projects, including FellowShip, aiming at integrating a fuel-cell unit with a marine vessel. Phase one of the FellowShip project has been completed successfully, but the project has not yet entered the validation phase. METHAPU serves as a good way to build upon what phase one of FellowShip has accomplished. The challenge here is that while international regulations permit the carriage of methanol as a cargo, there are currently no international regulations allowing the use of methanol for fuel on-board ships. METHAPU will facilitate the introduction of international regulations on methanol as a marine fuel. Future research activities on larger fuel cells and a sustainable society based on renewable fuels need a good knowledge base, and METHAPU is structured to provide the necessary springboard for such activities.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Global Change and Ecosystems

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Phan, Vinh

  • Start Date: 20061100
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090400
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25670

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461585
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM