First Fuel Cell Ship

Scientific American discusses why cargo ships need to be cleaner

In fact, emissions of nitrogen oxides from one ship burning diesel in a year are greater than those from 22,000 cars…After all, fuel costs for a tanker ship are fully 41 percent of its total operating costs.

In response, a Norwegian shipping company installed a molten carbonate fuel cell (is this the same stuff they froze Han’s in?) supplying 230 kw on the Viking Lady.  To keep the carbonate molten it operates at 650 degrees Celsius (now I am convinced this is what the Dark Lord used). According to Scientific American the Viking Lady the  “reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent, CO2 emissions by 20 percent and eliminates sulfur dioxide and soot emissions.”

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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  2. I just jumped over and read the full ScientificAmerican.com article. If this Norwegian shipping company can truly eliminate sulfur dioxide and soot emissions as advertised, it would be a huge step forward. Everyone (appropriately) complains about corporate greed and damage to the environment, but if reduced emissions can be achieved via financial motivation, well then so be it.

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