MARAD Testing Alternative Power for Vessels

 

News Release #: DOT 100-14
Date: Oct 31 2014
Contact: Kim Strong
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

 

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is testing state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient technology onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy. The National Defense Reserve Fleet vessel was provided to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy by MARAD for Cadet training.  This one-year undertaking is part of a MARAD initiative to test fuel cells as a source of power for shipboard electrical systems.  Researchers will evaluate the performance of the fuel cell technology and how low sulfur marine diesel fuel can be used to efficiently power a fuel cell to produce auxiliary power.  Unlike using low sulfur fuel in diesel engine generators to provide electrical power, the system produces no harmful air emissions.

 

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