The Possibility of Using Fuel Elements on Merchant Marine Ships, Technical Exploitation of Merchant Marine. Ship Electrotechnology (Tekhnicheskaya Eksplustatsiya Morskogo Flota, Sudovaya Elektrontekhnika),
ARMY FOREIGN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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A review is made of the possibility of using fuel elements on ships in the Merchant Marine. It is shown that in their technical indices fuel elements even now can be complete with heat engines. Fuel elements can be selected on a theoretical basis and when combined into batteries can provide the need for shipboard electric power at any scale required at the present time. The most efficient type of fuel element for Merchant Marine vessels is a low-temperature hydrogen element. With the successful solution of a number of problems which are presently restricting the widespread introduction of fuel elements into industrial electric power production such as the danger of fuel explosion, its high cost in comparison with coal and petroleum plants, etc., in the first few years, it will become possible to discuss on a practical basis the creation of shipborad electric power plants with fuel elements.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution