Hydrogen Fuel Vehicle

Advent technologies & Siemens Energy forge fuel cell partnership

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Advent Technologies, a company that develops fuel cell technology, specifically high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells for clean energy applications, announce that it has signed a Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”) with Siemens Energy, a company that develops solutions for electric and hybrid ships, and also provides electrification and automation systems for the maritime industry. The agreement aims to explore and develop new technologies that can significantly reduce the carbon emissions of ships.

The newly signed JDA outlines the collaboration between Advent and Siemens Energy, combining Advent’s HT-PEM fuel cell 50kW modules utilizing its innovative Ion-Pair™ membrane electrode assembly (MEA) technology with Siemens Energy’s electrification and automation solutions for hybrid and electric vessels.

The goal is to develop an integrated 500kW High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (“HT-PEM”) fuel cell solution for maritime applications. Then evaluate to scale down/up the system to fit with market requirements from motor and Giga Yachts to ferries and container/commercial ships.

The innovative clean energy solution resulting from this multi-year collaboration is expected to initially address the power needs of large yachts. Subsequently, plans are underway to broaden its application to include ferries and commercial/container vessels.

Testing for the HT-PEM fuel cell module prototype is slated for 2025 at Siemens Energy’s Erlangen, Germany, facility. The team plans to complete testing on the first fuel cell module by 2026. Advent is currently engaging with world-leading customers in the maritime industry. Moreover, it anticipates signing commercial term sheets in the near term to pursue upcoming Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

This agreement builds upon the strong collaboration between Advent and Siemens Energy, which began in February 2022 with the Sanlorenzo Life Ocean pilot project. In this project, the companies jointly developed a marine HT-PEM fuel cell solution to provide clean power for hotel functions aboard a 50-meter Sanlorenzo superyacht. Additionally, in March 2024, Advent and Siemens Energy deepened their collaboration by joining as consortium partners in the RiverCell 3 research and development project, which is partially funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

Advent Technologies’ HT-PEM fuel cells utilizing the innovative Ion Pair™ MEA technology, offer high-temperature operation between 80°C and 240°C. This advancement extends their lifespan by at least threefold and doubles the power density compared to earlier Advent systems. Additionally, Advent’s HT-PEM fuel cell technology enables the use of liquid green fuels like eMethanol, enhancing efficiency by utilizing both heat and electricity, resulting in high resilience. These fuel cells can function with impure hydrogen and impure air intake. They can also operate in extreme ambient temperature and humidity conditions, making them an ideal choice for widespread adoption in the maritime industry.

As the world advances towards extensive green hydrogen production. The eMethanol emerges as a leading choice for marine fuel in the maritime industry, promising a potential 100% reduction in CO2 emissions. Methanol and its derivatives function as versatile energy carriers and storage solutions, efficiently releasing hydrogen catalytically through fuel reformers. Methanol stands as a secure and economically viable alternative to fossil fuels. With its efficient storage capabilities, ease of handling, and utilization of existing infrastructure for transportation.

Advent’s Chaiman and CEO, Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, commented: “The Advent team thrills at Siemens Energy recognizing the immense potential of HT-PEM fuel cell technology in maritime applications. After two years of intensive collaboration, we stand prepared for the next stage. Our goal is to position HT-PEM fuel cell technology as a pivotal element in global decarbonization initiatives. We aim to work towards achieving net-zero emissions in the maritime sector by 2050. Moreover, we look forward to maintaining our collaborative momentum. We aim to combine our extensive fuel cell expertise with Siemens Energy’s unparalleled experience in electrification and automation solutions. Together, we will collectively pave the way for a more sustainable future in maritime operations worldwide.”

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