The duo on Wednesday (Feb 23) unveiled that they have received approval in principle (AiP) for the technology that will support the energy needs of multi-megawatt scale vessels with diverse use cases.

Representing an important milestone in the partnership, the awarded AiP confirms the feasibility of design and give the duo a green light to continue with its product development.

Jesper Themsen, President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S, said, “ABB’s industry-leading experience in marine solutions and Ballard’s expertise in development and deployment of megawatt-scale fuel cell systems for land-based use has proven to be the right combination, enabling us to take the next step in our joint efforts to make this technology available for larger vessels.

“Securing an AiP offers a signpost to the maritime industry regarding the potential of this truly transformative concept.”

Juha Koskela, Division President of ABB Marine & Ports, added, “The AiP is an important milestone in making high-power fuel cells commercially available, and it underpins our commitment to bring new levels of efficiency, reliability and sustainability to the global shipping industry.

“As we continue to pave the way towards decarbonising shipping, we are confident that vessel electrification, including fuel cell technology, will play a pivotal role in helping the marine industry achieve its environmental targets.”

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