Benicia. RIX Industries, headquartered in California, sees on-demand hydrogen on board ships key to creating decarbonization momentum for the marine industry – and it’s taking that message to next month’s international WorkBoat Show . It will highlight a small footprint stand-alone system that transforms methanol to power fuel cells as needed. eliminating the complexities of storing high pressure gas or cryogenic liquid hydrogen.
âTo capitalize on the promise of hydrogen as an onboard power source, hydrogen technologies must become more accessible for easy maritime deployment,â said Bryan Reid, Director of Sales, RIX Industries . âBy using methanol as a safe and manageable feedstock, stand-alone systems pave the way for a new approach for naval architects, shipbuilders and fleet operators. Existing diesel tanks can be reused to store liquid methanol at ambient conditions, allowing hydrogen systems to integrate with existing infrastructure on board ships with minimal impact on retrofit, even though decarbonization goals are more easily reached.
RIX’s M2H2 series hydrogen on-demand systems incorporate technology licensed from Element 1 (dba e1), the joint venture developer of clean energy products, processes and technologies in which Ardmore Shipping and Maritime Partners LLC have a stake.
Combined with PEM fuel cells, according to RIX, M2H2 systems produce energy without NOx, SOx or particles. The systems offer high efficiency, minimal vibration / noise and low emissions for critical power applications, achieving zero net CO2 emissions when combined with renewable methanol. Systems support fuel cell solutions from 30 kW to 120 kW, combinable to support MW applications and flexible for operations such as ship propulsion, auxiliary power systems, container power refrigerated and cold ironing.