Marine propulsion CF08_1
Project costs: 1.279 T€
Project period: 09/2020–08/2022
The objective of CF08 projects is to outfit an inland vessel as a ‘test vehicle’ that uses an ammonia-powered internal combustion engine, a process that includes the installation of the necessary tank, safety and peripheral systems onboard the vessel. The ammonia-powered propulsion system should supply the vehicle with the energy required for a regular service – with zero emissions.
The functional model will be used to examine the feasibility and functionality of the ammonia-based propulsion system and fuel handling. This will allow participants to carry out groundbreaking research and development work on the technological requirements for retrofitting and operating inland vessels in the existing fleet with new ammonia-based propulsion systems. Participants will develop a blueprint for the modification of inland vessels in accordance with project results, the outcome of a parallel economic feasibility study and the procedures required within the existing safety and legal framework. In the future, this blueprint can also be used on seagoing vessels to facilitate the rapid implementation of the new technology for zero-emission shipping and reduce the effects of shipping on climate change. In CF08_1, project partners are developing a concept for an ammonia-powered inland vessel as a functional model for a selected ferry line in preparation for the retrofitting of the vessel. In addition, they are developing and implementing a 70-kW ammonia reformer as a key technology for motorised ferry operation and examining it to determine the basic aspects involved in retrofitting inland vessels.
Warnow ferry ‘F‑Warnow’, operated by Weiße Flotte GmbH, Hohe Düne, Rostock