Bloom Energy is actively testing its technology for the marine environment, which differs greatly from fuel cells deployed on land. Ships and their onboard equipment must withstand and continue to operate effectively and safely with the constant motion of the ship and, at times, turbulent seas.

Vibration testing shakes the equipment at defined frequencies and durations, replicating the constant vibrations often felt on vessels. Similarly, tilt testing imitates a range of motions that a ship may encounter navigating rough seas. Pitch, yaw, and roll motions on the tilt platform mimic specified angles and intervals to demonstrate the technology’s readiness for use on water. Tests like these ensure that power generation is uninterrupted in rough sea situations when the crew needs dependable power most.

Following extensive testing on land simulating the ocean environment, Bloom Energy will complete the final testing phase, which is an on-water demonstration expected to begin in 2022.

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Bloom Energy Achieves Key Milestones on its Path to Decarbonize the Marine Industry

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Bloom Energy has been successfully powering the world on land for 20 years, deployed at more than 700 sites globally. And now we’re taking our technology to the sea to help power the Marine industry. Currently, heavy fuels that are used to power the Marine transport industry make up to two to three percent of global carbon emissions. Bloom Energy is changing that by powering ships with its clean and fuel-flexible fuel cell technology that can run on natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen. However, conditions at sea are vastly different from those on land. That’s why Bloom’s fuel cells are being rigorously tested to ensure optimization for ocean deployment. Pitch, yaw, roll, and vibration. We’re readying our fuel cells for sea, eager to provide reliable energy to ships and passionate about reducing global emissions within the Marine industry.