Wärtsilä has unique integrator role in FellowSHIP project

25 Sep 2009

Wärtsilä has been assigned overall responsibility for systems integration in the pioneering FellowSHIP project. Wärtsilä's specially designed equipment is being used to integrate and create synergies between leading marine technology and state-of-the-art fuel cell technology.

The equipment has been installed onboard the platform supply vessel 'Viking Lady' for extensive sea tests. The innovative solution is seen as being an important contributor in the development of environmentally sustainable marine propulsion systems.

The FellowSHIP project is a joint industry research and development project managed by Det Norske Veritas. It aims to develop and demonstrate hybrid fuel cell power packs, especially suited for marine and offshore use. The power pack will be used as an auxiliary power source on the 'Viking Lady', which is owned by Eidesvik Offshore, Norway.

The ship, designed by Vik-Sandvik, now part of Wärtsilä Ship Design, has its main engines and power drives supplied by Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä's electrical & automation business unit in Norway has custom developed the power electronics needed to connect the fuel cell to the ship's electrical network, and Wärtsilä has, therefore, the important role of being the systems integrator for the FellowSHIP project.

In May, the 320 kW fuel cell, produced by MTU Onsite Energy GmbH, a member of the German Tognum Group, arrived at Stord in Norway where it was integrated together with Wärtsilä's technology, and tested. During this land testing all operational modes, shut down conditions, and dynamical behaviour have been tested and verified in accordance with the specifications.

The partners in the FellowSHIP project include Wärtsilä, Eidesvik, Det Norske Veritas and MTU Onsite Energy GmbH. The project is supported by the Norwegian Research Council, Innovation Norway, and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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