LNG Fuel cells

Can fuel cells powered by LNG be used for ships propulsion?

The short answer is not before many years, as the technology for large power storage battery is not yet available. Below please find an interesting article from Marex on the subject.

To the best of my knowledge the mentioned min 200 KWH battery required for ship propulsion seems to be underestimated for commercial ships. Existing commercial diesel-electric prop ships require between 14 MW (I.e. support vessel LOA 130m, 6,8 K DWT) to 50 MW for larger cruise ships (i.e cruise ship LOA 253m, 8K DWT), thereby a total of 70 to 250 battery would be require to impove the efficiency as mentioned in the article.

Look forward to hear your opinions and any additional information you might have on the subject.

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/tired-of-talking-green-burning-lng-could-be-just-the-beginning