MSC Group Cruise Ship Powered by LNG - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, GHG Emissions  -  December 16, 2021

MSC Group Cruise Ship Powered by LNG

The cruise division of MSC Group announced it plans to launch the first cruise ship operating on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to lower carbon emissions.

The MSC World Europa, a new cruise liner currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, will be fitted with 150 KW of fuel cells manufactured by Bloom Energy Corporation that provide auxiliary power to the ship through liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“The installation of SOFC technology onboard the MSC World Europa reflects the success of our proactive and challenging collaboration with our partners and suppliers to identify solutions to help us reach our 2050 net zero emissions target,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, cruise division, MSC Group in a statement. “This is one of the many projects we are working on, and we will be relentless in our pursuit of the best solutions to reach this key objective for us. As part of this project, the crew of MSC World Europa will be specifically trained to operate this innovative technology and their participation will greatly contribute to the future development of SOFC technology for our industry. We hope to be able to install this technology on board our future new builds at a much larger scale to bring us ever closer to zero emissions.”

The use of Bloom’s solid oxide technology onboard the MSC World Europa is part of a broader strategy for the cruise division of MSC Group to achieve net zero emissions for its operations by 2050.

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