18 March and 8 April 2020. Our Third Advisory Board Meeting was a multi-day virtual event held in March and April. We were pleased to learn that three additional collaborative projects were recommended for funding in the product categories PK1 ‘Thin Films’ and PK3 ‘Zero-emission Maritime Propulsion Systems’.
For the project Electroceramic Thin Films for the Use of Ammonia in Marine Propulsion Systems, CAMPFIRE partners are developing a quick-start NH3 membrane reactor for the production of an optimised H2/NH3 fuel mixture. This mixture serves as the basis for efficient energy conversion in fuel cells as well as in engines and turbines. Partial oxidation of NH3 takes place on mixed conducting, O2-permeable thin film membranes.
In the second joint project, titled Development of a Concept for the Emission-free Operation of an Inland Vessel with the Ammonia as a Fuel, a concept for an ammonia-powered inland vessel is being developed as a functional model for a selected ferry line in preparation for the conversion of an inland ferry. A 70-kW ammonia reformer is being developed and will be implemented as a key technology for the engine operation of the ferry; this will serve as the foundation for retrofitting inland vessels.
As part of the third joint project, GreenBalticCruising: Development of a Concept for the Implementation of CAMPFIRE Technologies for Emission-free Marine Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region, CAMPFIRE partners are carrying out a technical evaluation for a new propulsion system, which will consist of an ammonia cracker and fuel cell for a cruise ship with a motor capacity of 40 MW and an ammonia tank volume of 2,000 tonnes. In addition, a detailed examination of the Baltic Sea countries, their port structures and ship connections with Northern Germany will be carried out. The overall objective of this process is to develop new economic potential for the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), specifically by establishing new value chains with equal partnerships in the Baltic Sea Region. National strategies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the respective climate targets of the neighbouring states are being examined and the necessary political, scientific and economic stakeholders identified. The legal framework is also being refined and further developed in order to enable the use of ammonia as a marine fuel in shipping and to create new business models in Northeast Germany.