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Oceanic Solutions – Ships and Shipping

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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Much of the world’s goods travel by container ships, the primary subject of this paper. A current challenge is modifying these vessels such that they operate sustainably. This paper will review two potential solutions: a short-term solution, and a limited solution.

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John Benson on Aug 24, 2022

Further to the content in this paper, I came across what appears to be an excellent analysis of the feasibility of electrifying large container ships by the University of California, Berkeley. I skimmed though this study, and it appears to be both thorough and detailed. It is linked below;


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Julian Silk on Aug 25, 2022

Thank you for both publications.  Part of the reason the fuel cell ships are not a bigger part of the market may relate to the relative lack of hydrogen infrastructure.  If the hydrogen isn't there, easily, the ships can't use it.  It may not be that the ships are waiting around in the ports for the time for the charging - that would make them lose out on business.  But the charging time would have to be explored in more detail to be accurate on that point.

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John Benson on Aug 26, 2022

Thanks for the comment, Julian.

The primary existing process for producing green hydrogen (electrolysis) has improved over time and seems to be approaching economic viability.

I write on hydrogen frequently. To access these posts, go through the link below, go to section 13 in the Index, click on the section title text (Hydrogen and Fuel Cells), and you will be taken to this section. Note that the most recent posts are first in this section.

Also note that the post on a new green hydrogen production method (sort of) is linked below and was posted after I last updated my directory (end of each quarter).


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