Investigation into the Implications of Fuel Cell Shipboard Integration into the T-AGOS 19 Class
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD CENTER FOR INNOVATION IN SHIP DESIGN
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Fuel cells have long promised to be the next significant development in power systems technology across all industries. The Navy, with the support of the Office of Naval Research ONR, has undertaken a range of fuel cell technology developments at NSWC Carderock SSES that support the potential future use in shipboard powering. To date, the focus has been on demonstrating fuel cell technology with marine fuels and the associated risk mitigation of fuel processing systems. There has been, to date, less of a focus on the assessment of the potential navy ship integration aspects. This paper reviews aspects of a study that aimed to assess the potential marine fuel cell technologies, their potential integration issues, and their likely impact on a representative naval ship design. The study had three broad aims 1. Determine the feasibility implications of integrating fuel cell systems into a naval ship design 2. Provide direction for future Navy ONR fuel cell research development plans and 3. Integrate a candidate fuel cell based power system into a notional Navy ship design.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Electrochemical Energy Storage
- Marine Engineering