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  • Element 1 Corp and Ballard Power Systems Collaborate on Revolutionary Hydrogen Power Solutions

    In a groundbreaking development for the renewable energy sector, Element 1 Corp (e1) and Ballard Power Systems have announced a strategic collaboration aimed at advancing hydrogen power solutions. This partnership is set to revolutionize the hydrogen fuel cell industry by leveraging the unique capabilities and technologies of both companies. Innovative Partnership for a Sustainable Future Element 1 Corp, a leading developer of advanced hydrogen generation systems, and Ballard Power Systems, a pioneer in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology, are joining forces to create integrated hydrogen fuel solutions. This collaboration will focus on producing reliable, efficient, and cost-effective hydrogen fuel cell systems suitable for a wide range of applications, including transportation, stationary power generation, and portable power. Element 1 Corp's Expertise Element 1 Corp specializes in the development of methanol-based hydrogen generators. Their technology efficiently produces high-purity hydrogen from methanol, a readily available and easily transportable liquid fuel. This method offers significant advantages over traditional hydrogen production techniques, which often involve complex and costly infrastructure. Ballard Power Systems' Fuel Cell Technology Ballard Power Systems is renowned for its PEM fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity with high efficiency and zero emissions. Ballard’s fuel cells are already widely used in various sectors, including public transportation, marine, and backup power systems. By combining their fuel cells with e1's hydrogen generation technology, Ballard aims to enhance the deployment of clean energy solutions globally. Potential Impact on the Hydrogen Economy This collaboration is poised to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a mainstream energy source. The integration of e1's on-site hydrogen generation technology with Ballard's fuel cell systems addresses several key challenges facing the hydrogen economy, including the high cost and complexity of hydrogen distribution and storage. Applications Across Multiple Sectors The combined solutions from e1 and Ballard are expected to benefit a variety of sectors. In transportation, hydrogen fuel cells can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles, offering a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. For stationary power generation, these systems can provide reliable and clean energy for remote or off-grid locations. Additionally, the portability of the solutions makes them ideal for emergency power and military applications. Environmental and Economic Benefits The environmental benefits of this collaboration are substantial. Hydrogen fuel cells produce only water as a byproduct, eliminating harmful emissions associated with conventional energy sources. Economically, the partnership aims to lower the cost of hydrogen production and fuel cell systems, making them more accessible and attractive to a broader market. Future Outlook The collaboration between Element 1 Corp and Ballard Power Systems marks a significant milestone in the development of hydrogen power solutions. By combining their strengths, these companies are well-positioned to lead the transition towards a more sustainable and resilient energy future. As the hydrogen economy continues to grow, innovations resulting from this partnership could play a critical role in reducing global carbon emissions and achieving climate goals. Conclusion Element 1 Corp and Ballard Power Systems’ collaboration is an exciting step forward in the quest for clean, sustainable energy. With their combined expertise in hydrogen generation and fuel cell technology, they are set to make a significant impact on the renewable energy landscape, offering promising solutions to some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges. [Click here to read more]

  • Navigating Toward a Greener Future: Maritime Partners' Hydrogen-Powered Vessel Takes Shape

    In a significant stride towards a more sustainable maritime industry, Maritime Partners, LLC, has secured a Design Basis Agreement (DBA) from the U.S. Coast Guard for the revolutionary M/V Hydrogen One towboat. This groundbreaking agreement paves the way for the integration of innovative e1 Marine hydrogen generator technology, marking a pivotal moment in marine vessel propulsion. The M/V Hydrogen One represents a paradigm shift in vessel design, leveraging cutting-edge fuel cell technology to convert stored methanol into hydrogen, subsequently powering the vessel's operations. The successful validation of this technology in a string test conducted in Gothenburg, Sweden, underscores its viability as a primary propulsion source, setting the stage for a greener future in maritime transportation. Bick Brooks, co-founder and CEO of Maritime Partners, expressed enthusiasm about the agreement, emphasizing its significance in advancing cleaner energy solutions within the industry. "The signing of this agreement opens the pathway for us to deploy our technological capabilities," Brooks remarked. "Hydrogen One is one step closer to becoming the world's first vessel to utilize hydrogen generator technology, significantly reducing emissions and setting a new standard for efficiency." Central to the development of the M/V Hydrogen One project is a collaborative effort involving key industry players such as Elliott Bay Design Group, Intracoastal Iron Works, e1 Marine, RIX Industries, and Power Cell Group. By working in tandem with these partners, Maritime Partners navigated through the rigorous requirements set by the U.S. Coast Guard, ensuring compliance and safety standards are met. Dave Lee, Maritime Partners' VP of Technology & Innovation, underscored the company's steadfast commitment to sustainable energy solutions. "As the entire maritime industry seeks alternative fuel options that are cleaner, greener, and more efficient, Maritime Partners remains dedicated to driving innovation," Lee affirmed. "The development of Hydrogen One epitomizes our commitment to pioneering cleaner energy solutions." The DBA signifies a significant milestone in the M/V Hydrogen One project, providing a structured framework for collaboration between Maritime Partners and the U.S. Coast Guard. Through this agreement, both parties will collaborate on the design, arrangement, and engineering aspects of the vessel's power system and associated safety systems, facilitating plan review, inspection, and eventual certification. As Maritime Partners charts the course towards a more sustainable maritime future, the M/V Hydrogen One stands as a beacon of progress, heralding a new era of cleaner, greener marine transportation. With innovative technologies at the helm and a shared commitment to environmental stewardship, the journey towards a carbon-neutral maritime industry is well underway. See the full Press Release at MaritimePartnersLLC.com

  • Solving the sustainable shoreside power challenge

    New environmental regulations are requiring ports to provide cleaner power solutions for their operations and for berthing vessels. In response, demand for shoreside power is rising, but many ports lack the electrical infrastructure to support traditional systems. Not only do ports often share a local grid with neighbouring communities, creating demand surges that cause inconsistent power supply, but this infrastructure can also be vulnerable to extreme weather events. Unreliable ports are uncompetitive ones. It’s essential that port operators can find clean, renewable energy sources that meet both environmental and operational expectations. Achieving this requires developing agile power systems that are free from harmful emissions, and that can be adapted to meet a variety of differing vessel requirements whilst also being accessible across a range of in-port applications. In this The Maritime Executive article, our Managing Director, Robert Schluter, explores the innovations that can be combined to create flexible, affordable sustainable energy solutions in ports and the barriers that need to be overcome to accelerate their uptake. Read his insights in full, here.

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  • Inland waterways - Marine Hydrogen Generators - e1 Marine

    Revolutionizing the towboat sector e1 Marine’s use of methanol for onboard, on-demand generation of hydrogen for PEM fuel cells solves the challenges of decarbonizing the marine towboat sector. READ MORE Inland Waterways Vessel Dimensions Length Overall: 100’ Design Draft: 9’ Beam Maximum: 43’ Hull Depth Amidships: 11’ Performance Design Speed: 10mph / 7 mph pushing Horsepower: 1,700 to 3,500 Range: 550 miles Duration: 4 days at 6 mph Power & Propulsion Hydrogen Reformers: e1 Marine Thrusters: (2) BERG MTA417 Electric L Drive Fuel Cells: PowerCell PS185 Diesel Generator: Cummins QSM-DM 225 kW Batteries: Corvus Lithium Ion Note: No Shore Power required Capacities Methanol Fuel: Specifications upon request Total Berths: 9 (3 private / 3 double) Water Fuel: Specifications upon request Fresh Water: 7,000 GAL Hydrogen Reserve: Specifications upon request Wash Water: 5,000 GAL Battery Capacity: Specifications upon request Sewage: 5,000 GAL Hydrogen power for the marine sector: onsite, onboard and on-demand. Learn more about how hydrogen power can work for you. CONTACT US It’s becoming increasingly clear that hydrogen is going to be the preferred future fuel for shipping, and methanol is the best way to deliver it onboard, safely and efficiently. Methanol offers both immediate solutions and long-term benefits as the feed stock of choice. It can be easily stored and transported – and combined with water on-the-go to increase its hydrogen producing capacity even further. ​ Hydrogen produced by onboard reformation of methanol and water can enable shipowners to stay ahead of the future requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and to take advantage of future decarbonisation technologies as they mature. ​ On-board hydrogen generation for fuel cells – providing main propulsion power in a safe, economic and environmentally friendly manner. Hydrogen – the way of the future for inland waterway vessels e1 Marine’s proprietary technology produces hydrogen at the point of consumption, eliminating the logistical challenges and costs of storing and transporting compressed hydrogen. The fuel grade hydrogen meets ISO 14687 (2019) Purity Standards, and the technology presents compelling environmental and cost-saving advantages: Low Carbon – An immediate solution to reduce emissions: no particulate matter, zero NOx, Sox and PM emissions, as well as CO2 reduction of 23% compared with diesel Versatility – highly scalable to increase the vessel range beyond the limits of stored compressed hydrogen. Efficiency – the methanol reformer is up to 84% efficient, with reduced noise (80 dB), and integrates easily with all PEM fuel cell systems Reliable and compact: Few moving parts, low maintenance, reduced space and weight maximizes vessel hold capacity. READ MORE e1 Marine’s Mobile Methanol to Hydrogen Generator Decarbonizing inland waterways Some of the historic challenges with alternative power sources include batteries only being suitable if you operate on fixed routes and can recharge daily, and a towboat’s limited storage capacity restricts the use of pressurised or cryogenically stored gases as fuels. There are also very few dockside facilities to load such marine fuels, which severely constrains a vessel’s range and functionality. ​ Producing hydrogen on board to supply PEM fuel cells for electric main propulsion changes all that. Methanol reformer hydrogen-powered tow boat. MV Hydrogen One is a tow vessel development prototype designed by e1 Marine and Elliott Bay Design Group. It has been built for operation and testing in the Gulf of Mexico Intracoastal Waterways with two barge (unit 2) towing capability. The vessel requires max power at 90% of running time, operating 24 hours a day with a fuel range of up to 4 days. ​ Refuel safely and conveniently virtually anywhere 1,400 hp continuous fuel cell only Battery boost provides 30+ minutes at 2,000 hp Scalable powerplant within specified vessel dimension Horsepower can be increased up to 3,500 with proportionate increase in vessel length 12+ hours dockside with zero emission and no shore power connection L-drive propulsion for optimal manoeuvrability ​ Powertrain Summary Main propulsion 2,000 hp From twin propulsors of 1,000 hp each Onboard hydrogen generators: Ten e1 Marine M18 Hydrogen Generators Fuel Cell Power: Ten PowerCell PS185 fuel cell power modules MV Hydrogen One M/V Hydrogen One – the world’s first hydrogen powered towboat The world’s first methanol ­fueled towboat is set to join the fleet of Metairie, La.-based Maritime Partners LLC to meet the pressing demand for sus­tainable towboat operations. The vessel, the M/V Hydrogen One, will be IMO 2030 compliant, meet the USCG’s Subchapter M requirements, and have an operational range of 550 miles before refueling. Maritime Partners, in cooper­ation with Elliott Bay Design Group, and CL Marine, are developing it.

  • Technology | Marine Hydrogen Generators | e1 Marine

    e1 Marine Technology Solving the ‘Hydrogen Challenge’ Through e1 Marine’s patented hydrogen generation technology, fuel cell-grade hydrogen is safely and cost-effectively generated from methanol and water. It can be delivered on-site, onboard, and on-demand, and it provides an immediately viable pathway to green energy. READ MORE Hydrogen Fuel Challenges As a liquid or compressed gas, hydrogen fuel has always been challenging and expensive to transport and bunker. The bulky hydrogen tanks required in order to provide adequate safety measures and range would compromise that vessel's cargo volume. Moreover, high-pressure tanks built from exotic materials are expensive to manufacture and maintain, and they have a short lifespan. Methanol and e1 Marine technology Methanol is a game-changer for Hydrogen generation – due to its ready availability, low cost, Hydrogen density, environmental friendliness, and ease of transport and storage. e1 Marine’s hydrogen generation technology uses methanol as the primary input fuel. It is simple to access, store, and transport. As a highly efficient fuel, it provides a clear pathway to a future of carbon-neutral transport via bio-methanol and e-methanol. When we combine Methanol with water, which can be sourced from the water a vessel sails in, we significantly increase the available hydrogen content. We process this combined feedstock through our reformation process and patented purification technology to produce fuel cell grade Hydrogen with >99.97 purity. There is no need for specialized high-pressure storage tanks – we produce just the right amount of Hydrogen at the time of need and feed it via our buffer thanks directly into a Fuel Cell. This can be done when and where it’s needed: on land or onboard. Once running, the hydrogen generator creates its own heat energy, and when paired with a PEM fuel cell, can produce clean, efficient, and reliable electrical power scaling to multi-megawatts creating a far more efficient operating range for the vessel. Enriched Methanol - Hydrogen (blue), Oxygen (yellow), Carbon (red) Meeting the carbon reduction objectives By using a combination of renewable, regenerative methanol and water to both store and generate hydrogen fuel on demand, the maritime sector can now achieve the mandated carbon reduction objectives. ​ e1 Marine’s groundbreaking technology offers hydrogen as a low cost, immediate, and scalable alternative fuel solution to help the maritime industry achieve its carbon reduction targets and support the overall global effort towards international climate change objectives. Hydrogen power for the marine sector: onsite, onboard and on-demand. For a more in-depth discussion around your operation and business objectives, contact us today. CONTACT US No NOx, SOx or PM Emissions e1 Marine’s proprietary technology produces hydrogen on-demand at the point of consumption, eliminating the logistical challenges and costs involved in distributing compressed hydrogen – with no NOx, SOx, or PM emissions. Environmentally friendly vessels and operations Carbon emission reduction is a global priority. By utilizing methanol to hydrogen to drive fuel cells for marine propulsion and electricity production we can help move the world away from carbon-based fuels. ​ Our technology provides an alternative pathway for green energy, independent of electrical input. Methanol is already distributed globally and is a clean, efficient, and safe marine fuel offering immediate carbon reduction benefits. Renewable methanol is already available in modest quantities with much larger scale on the planning table. ​ Our mandated carbon reduction goals are now within reach. The ultimate goal is to utilize green bio-methanol as the feedstock for green hydrogen production to achieve zero-carbon shipping, with full IMO 2020 compliance. The output hydrogen from e1 Marine generators has been processed through our proprietary purification technology to produce fuel cell grade hydrogen at greater than 99.97% purity. This makes our hydrogen compatible with all marine PEM fuel cells. We work with a range of the world’s top fuel cell producers – and our output hydrogen is of such high purity that we can work with virtually any partner you select. Low cost, high flexibility. Fuel Cell Compatibility Easily stored Easy and safe to store and transport as a liquid. So there’s zero high-pressure hydrogen transport, or storage is required. Hydrogen-rich Highly efficient with the highest hydrogen to carbon ratio of liquid fuels. Eco-friendly Providing a pathway to carbon-neutral compliance with bio-methanol. Accessible Immediately and readily available worldwide in more than 85% of the world’s biggest ports and it’s an approved fuel type. Why use methanol to produce hydrogen? As an extremely effective hydrogen carrier, methanol is: High performing Methanol’s high hydrogen fuel density solves the challenges of limited range. Increasing in Supply Increasing global capacity is forecast to increase from ~153 mtpa in 2020 to 311 mtpa in 2030. Easily Integrated No specialist tanks are required (can use existing fuel tanks) so low-cost of conversion and liquid fuel storage onboard. Economical Offers a low-cost source of hydrogen with e1 Marine technology. How e1 Marine produces hydrogen on-demand & on the go The process begins by mixing water with methanol to create the feedstock. The feedstock is pumped into a heat exchanger to cool the product hydrogen, preheat the feedstock, and obtain optimal thermal efficiency for the generator. The pre-heated feedstock then flows into the reactor ‘hot box’, where it is converted into a vapor. It is then directed into a catalytic reactor to convert the feedstock into a syngas, a mixture of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. The final step is hydrogen purification using e1 Marine’s proprietary membrane purifier, the heart of the system, and a process that separates the hydrogen from the syngas. The membrane-based purification module is at the core of e1 Marine’s protected intellectual property and represents a significant advancement in scalable, reliable, and affordable hydrogen purification. The fuel-grade hydrogen output meets all relevant ISO standards, and it’s ideal for use with fuel cells to generate electricity or to supplement the standard fuel of a conventional engine. The small amount of remaining hydrogen-depleted gas from the purifier is directed back to the reactor and combusted to generate the heat for the steam reforming reaction. No additional or supplementary fuel is required to generate heat for the reaction. Exhaust from the raffinate combustion is sent to the atmosphere, and the only new emissions produced by the hydrogen generator are carbon dioxide and water vapor. System efficiency of up to 84% can be achieved by the e1 Marine Hydrogen Generator. The process is robust in design with very few moving parts, requires minimal maintenance, and offers outstanding longevity.

  • Green Shipping Solutions for Ports and Terminals - e1 Marine

    Hydrogen on-demand Clean, safe and efficient On-site hydrogen generation provides a bright future as an alternative power source for in-port and terminal electricity needs, as well as a source of hydrogen for on-site refueling. READ MORE Ports & Terminals Hydrogen power for the marine sector: onsite, onboard and on-demand. Learn more about how hydrogen power can work for you. CONTACT US Meeting emission targets With the on-demand production of hydrogen on-site, e1 Marine is solving the traditional hydrogen challenge that comes with expensive and complex transport and storage requirements. On-site hydrogen generators, using methanol as the primary feedstock, can provide as much high quality hydrogen for fuel cells as you need, when you need it. Low cost, flexible, safe and clean. ​ Fuel use and emissions from maritime port sources can be significant. Approximately one-third to one-half of harmful in-port emissions come from vessels auxiliary diesel engines which are run while the vessel is at berth (docked) and requires electrical power for everything from lighting to loading/discharging equipment. While many ports are stating their desire to meet net-zero operations, not many are achieving this goal, or have a clear path to meeting it. Hydrogen matched to fuel cells to produce on-site, on-demand electricity can provide a clear, and realistically attainable path to significant emissions reductions – at the same time as improving power reliability and independence. Clean, Cost Effective and Reliable Shore Power e1 Marine has developed a modularized containerized methanol/fuel cell power solution that can provide zero emission MW scale power, in a flexible mobile container for cold ironing at the pier, on a barge, or lifted onto the vessel itself. Quiet and efficient Fuel cells operating on hydrogen produced from e1 Marine’s methanol to hydrogen generators are a quiet, efficient, environmentally friendly, low or zero emission power source that can readily support port cold ironing applications. Near zero greenhouse gas emissions The e1 Marine system produces zero particulates, zero NOx, zero SOx, and less CO2 than a diesel generator. And if you use renewable methanol, the system produces near zero greenhouse gas emissions. Other Applications With the ability to generate your own electricity in-port you can apply this power to meeting a vast range of applications besides Cold Ironing for berthed ships. Providing electricity for ongoing port operations, BEV vehicles, drayage trucks and powering other port equipment. “Cold ironing” is the practice of a vessel at berth connecting to a source of electricity on the shore to meet their cargo handling and hotel needs. Efforts to reduce vessel port emissions involves requiring ships to shut off diesel engines at berth to reduce the significant emissions produced by diesel engines. Power for hotel and other shiploads is supplied from shore bower (electric grids) or provided by barges or shore-side systems when power is not available at the pier. Grid power is not always available at the quantities required at the pier, and the cost of bringing grid power to the pier can be cost prohibitive and can be upset due to regional blackouts or volatile weather conditions. With growing social, regulatory, and financial demands for greater sustainability, ports are looking to meet their dynamic energy demands in adaptive, flexible, and scalable ways. Cold ironing When the vessels in your fleet return to refuel, our on-site generators make sure high purity fuel-grade e1 Hydrogen is ready and waiting when you need it. On-site hydrogen generation can remove the cost and complexity of expensive electrolyzer production, and remove the issues with manufacturing, transporting, and storing compressed hydrogen. On-Site Hydrogen Refuelling Environmentally Friendly Quiet and reduced emissions with no particulate matter and low CO2 emissions. Lowest delivered cost per kilogram of hydrogen Converts an environmentally friendly, easily handled, readily available, and hydrogen dense feedstock blend of methanol and water into fuel cell grade high-purity hydrogen at the lowest cost per kilogram delivered. Lowest initial cost of equipment An L-Series hydrogen generator can reduce the cost of onsite hydrogen generation by up to 70%. Versatile Solution Scalable hydrogen generation from 50 kg/d to 500 kg/d to allow operators to size the hydrogen produced to meet seasonal needs. Key Advantages For the Refuelling Station Operator Easy Siting, Reliable Operation The compact design with a small footprint allows for flexible installation into existing fuelling locations. Few moving parts means low maintenance and a longer lifetime. Onsite Electricity Production Our technology uses methanol to hydrogen generation to create on-demand electricity. This Methanol-Hydrogen-Electricity pathway provides clean, reliable, economic electricity generation on-site to power your plant and charge battery electric vessels. On-site generation removes reliance on local power grids to provide a secure and offers a reliable electricity source for refrigerated shipping containers and faster vessel recharge turnarounds. Fuel cells have many advantages over diesel engines, including superior fuel efficiency and low maintenance and repair costs. Power output from the fuel cell system can range from 50kW to 2MW, with larger sizes also possible. Methanol is a practical feedstock for the system. It is cheap to produce, available in 88 of the world’s top 100 ports, and has the potential to be 100% renewable. ​ The e1 Marine solution consumes 35% less energy than diesel generators and is thus cost-effective operationally even before considering any new regulations or carbon tax. It can operate on renewable methanol as it becomes available, and when combined with carbon capture (currently under development), it will be a carbon-negative solution. The Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Advantage On-site hydrogen generation can remove the cost and complexity of expensive electrolyzers, and remove the challenges associated with manufacturing, transporting, and storing bulk liquid or compressed hydrogen. Most hydrogen is generated at large-scale production facilities, delivered and stored as a liquified or compressed gas. However, delivered hydrogen is expensive and site storage is often limited by regulations. Hydrogen can also be produced on‐site using an electrolyzer, but electrolyzers are expensive, power hungry, unreliable if solely dependent on renewable electricity from solar or wind, and with a high carbon intensity if grid connected. Lowest Delivered Cost Per Kilogram of Hydrogen

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