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Marine application of a new fuel cell powertrain validated in demanding arctic conditions

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "MARANDA" data sheet

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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy 

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city: Espoo
postcode: 2150

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙704˙757 €
 EC max contribution 2˙939˙457 € (79%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Reduce the production cost of fuel cell systems to be used in transport applications, while increasing their lifetime to levels which can compete with conventional technologies)
 Code Call H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
 Funding Scheme FCH2-RIA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2021-02-28


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI (Espoo) coordinator 1˙226˙558.00
2    Powercell Sweden AB SE (GOTEBORG) participant 876˙160.00
3    ABB OY FI (HELSINKI) participant 300˙231.00
4    OMB SALERI SPA IT (BRESCIA) participant 252˙120.00
5    SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS FI (HELSINKI) participant 155˙012.00
6    PERSEE FR (PONT DE POITTE) participant 129˙375.00
7    SWISS HYDROGEN SA CH (FRIBOURG) participant 0.00


 Project objective

In MARANDA project an emission-free hydrogen fuelled PEMFC based hybrid powertrain system is developed for marine applications and validated both in test benches and on board the research vessel Aranda, which is one of about 300 research vessels in Europe. Special emphasis is placed on air filtration and development of hydrogen ejector solutions, for both efficiency and durability reasons. In addition, full scale freeze start testing of the system will be conducted.

When research vessels are performing measurements, the main engines are turned off to minimize noise, vibration and air pollution causing disturbance in the measurements. The 165 kW (2 x 82.5 kW AC) fuel cell powertrain (hybridized with a battery) will provide power to the vessel's electrical equipment as well as the dynamic positioning during measurements, free from vibration, noise and air pollution.

One of the major obstacles for wider implementation of fuel cells in the marine sector is the hydrogen infrastructure. To alleviate this problem, a mobile hydrogen storage container, refillable in any 350 bar hydrogen refuelling station will be developed in this project. This novel solution will increase hydrogen availability to marine sector as well as many other sectors.

The consortium of this project contains companies from the whole fuel cell value chain, from balance-of-plant components to system integrator and end user. The fuel cell system will be tested in conditions similar to arctic marine conditions before implementation to the target vessel. In addition, long-term durability testing (6 months, 4380 operating hours) of the system will be conducted at an industrial site.

The project will increase the market potential of hydrogen fuel cells in marine sector, which have for long lagged behind road transportation. General business cases for different actors in the marine and harbor or fuel cell business will be created and therefore the impacts in the whole industry will be notable.


List of deliverables.
Initial testing of the fuel cell system for durability testing in Äetsä Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:40
Concept design for fuel cell hybrid based powertrain system in Aranda Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:42
Hydrogen ejector development report Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:40
Report on Environmental Assessment for research vessel use Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:34
Review of RCS and communication plan Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:31
Report on business analysis conducted for industry stakeholders during last industry event Documents, reports 2020-02-12 15:32:52
Compiled communications and activities with relevant standard drafting organisations, project advisory board, institutions and regulatory bodies – interim Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:40
Annual data reporting 3 Other 2020-02-12 16:48:45
Measured operation profile data from the pilot ship Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:48:41
The automation and control system for the pilot ship with fuel cells and energy storage systems. Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:44
Annual data reporting 2 Other 2020-01-23 11:40:44
Preliminary safety analysis for integrated fuel cell system and hydrogen storage Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Summary of workshop 1 Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Final dossier for storage system components – design frozen Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Annual data reporting 1 Other 2020-01-23 11:40:44
Report on business analysis tool design and use Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Design and layout of fuel cell systems into 10 ft container for durability testing in Äetsä Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Set-up of the project public website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Summary of initial event (combining sessions for industrial stakeholders, general public and governing board) Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Storage system layout and design Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Kick-off meeting report Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Specifications report Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:44
Humidifier characterisation report Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Annual report for the 1st project year Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43
Salt particle filter and particle sensor characterisation and selection report Documents, reports 2020-01-23 11:40:43

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of MARANDA deliverables.

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