BV awards AiP to HELION marine fuel cell system

HELION Hydrogen Power high-power fuel cell manufacturer has received Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for its FC-RACKTM Marine version, a zero-emission hydrogen powered electric generator dedicated to maritime applications.


The AiP is the result of a close collaboration between HELION and Bureau Veritas, aiming at deploying safe use of hydrogen as an energy vector for the propulsion and shore-to-ship power supply.

The fuel cell “marinization” is ensured thanks to a double envelope enclosure that enables the system to be perfectly sealed in a saline environment, said BV.

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HELION’s marine certified fuel cell will be operational by the end of 2023 and will supply zero-emission power to a dredger operating in the Occitanie Region and built by Piriou shipyard.

For this world’s first hybrid diesel-hydrogen dredger, HELION’s 200 kW FC-RACK™ will provide the energy required for life on board when the vessel is at berth and will partly supply the power needed for the propulsion during dredging activities.