The RESHIP project identified the best solutions for the installation on board a ship of an innovative power generation system for propulsion and onboard uses, with an almost total reduction of pollutants and noise. The project activities were aligned with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) legislation regarding the limits on NOx, SOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions.
In particular, technologies for the production of low environmental impact electricity based on fuel cells were studied. The project, after evaluating the use of different types of fuel, developed a system and a small prototype of the fuel cell and the related plant engineering study for on-board installation. The goal was to design a complete system mounted on a skid that is easy to install in case of retrofit. A basic project was also developed for the construction of a medium-small passenger transport vehicle (150 - 200 passengers), with the prospect to scale up to cruise ships and with the expectation to reduce energy consumption by up to 10% and completely eliminate local emissions of NOx, SOx, particulate matter and CO2.