Maritime Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference
3 September 2019, Bergen

Maritime Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference

How hydrogen fuel cells will revolutionise maritime



08.00 Registration, coffee and networking in the exhibition area

08:50 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media

09:00 Co-host’s welcome address

The opening session will set the scene by providing an industry update. Speakers will look at why hydrogen fuel cells are considered to be a compelling solution for the maritime sector. Speakers will also discuss the leading industry R&D initiatives currently underway.

09:10 Keynote: The potential of hydrogen and fuel cells for maritime applications

  • How hydrogen can significantly reduce emissions.
  • Achieving zero emissions through hydrogen fuel cells. 
  • Where does hydrogen fit in the overall energy mix?
  • The future of hydrogen fuel cells in maritime applications.

09:30 Q&A

09:40 The business case for hydrogen fuel cells

  • Which types of vessels can benefit from hydrogen fuel cells? 
  • Making the transition to a new energy source – understanding the challenges.
  • Hurdles in the refuelling infrastructure and hydrogen availability in ports.
  • What are the costs involved and potential return on investment?

10:00 Q&A

10:10 Panel discussion: Update on industry initiatives and projects

  • Identifying the leading R&D hydrogen fuel cell projects currently under way.
  • How are companies, governments, associations and regulators working together to advance hydrogen fuel cells as a technology?
  • Update on the relevant industry regulations.

Prof. Bruno G. Pollet, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)/Member of the Board of Directors, International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)

10:40  Q&A

10:50    Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

This session will look at how clean hydrogen can be sourced, stored and transported. Fuel cell manufacturers will discuss how their latest solutions benefit vessel owners and operators.

11:30    Hydrogen: Understanding the fundamentals

  • Sourcing hydrogen from renewables.
  • Utilising the energy density of hydrogen.
  • Energy efficiencies that can be achieved when using hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen refuelling solutions.  
  • Storing and transporting hydrogen for maritime applications.
  • Using hydrogen to develop ammonia.

11:50 Q&A

11:55 Fuel cell technologies for maritime applications

  • Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells for maritime applications.
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell systems as an alternative to PEM’s.
  • Fuel cell stacks and their application.
  • End-of-life of fuel cells, is it possible to dispose in an environmentally friendly way?

12:15 Q&A

12:20 Panel discussion: Fuel cell innovations – what will tomorrow’s fuel cells look like?

  • What advancements can we expect to see in fuel cell technologies in the near future?
  • How will fuel cells meet the future energy needs of the maritime industry?
  • What are the lessons learnt from other industries including automotive?

12:50 Q&A

13:00 Networking lunch break in the exhibition area

Naval architects and system integrators will address the engineering considerations that need to be made for hydrogen fuel cell powered vessels. Speakers will discuss vessel layout, fuel cell power systems, drive trains and fuel cell system risks. 

14:10 Vessel engineering and layout

  • Vessel engineering considerations when utilising a hydrogen fuel cell system.
  • Vessel layout and space management challenges.
  • How to manage the weight of hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Jan-Erik Rasanen, Head of New Technologies, Foreship

14:30 Q&A

14:40 Fuel cell power systems and drive trains

  • Electrical propulsion through hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
  • Understanding load requirements for various maritime applications.
  • Advancements in modular power systems to meet various load requirements.
  • How can fuel cells work alongside traditional batteries to provide power.
  • System integration – what is involved?

15:00 Q&A

15:10 Identifying and mitigating hydrogen fuel cell system risks

  • What are the risks of using a hydrogen fuel cell system?
  • What are the best practice guidelines and safety considerations that need to be made?
  • What training is recommended for operators of hydrogen fuel cell vessels.
  • Is hydrogen safe to store in large quantities?

15:30 Q&A

15:40 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

The closing session will bring together a number of case studies that will include world-first hydrogen fuel cell projects. These case studies will shed light on the full potential of hydrogen fuel cells and how they could revolutionise the maritime industry.

16:20 Industry case studies

  • World-first maritime hydrogen fuel cell solutions on vessels and how they work.
  • Analysing different types of vessels looking to use fuel cells.
  • How do hydrogen-battery hybrid systems work on ferries?
  • The latest cruise ships to feature hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
  • Norway - Fuel cell project update.
  • Scotland - Orkney Surf 'n' Turf project update.

17:10 Panel Q&A

17:30  Chairman’s closing remarks
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media

17:40 End of conference

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