Benicia. Calif.-headquartered RIX Industries sees on-vessel hydrogen-on-demand as the key to building momentum in decarbonization for the maritime industry—and it’s taking that message to next month’s International WorkBoat Show. It will be highlighting a self-contained, small footprint system that transforms methanol to feed fuel cells as needed. eliminating the complexities of high-pressure gas or cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage.
“To capitalize on hydrogen’s promise as an on-vessel source of power, hydrogen technologies must become more accessible for easy marine deployment,” said Bryan Reid, chief sales officer, RIX Industries. “Using methanol as a safe and manageable feedstock, self-contained systems are pioneering a new approach for naval architects, shipbuilders, and fleet operators. Existing diesel tanks can be repurposed to store liquid methanol at ambient conditions—allowing hydrogen systems to drop into existing shipboard infrastructures with minimal impact on retrofit even as decarbonization goals are more easily met.”
RIX’s M2H2 Series hydrogen on demand systems integrate technology licensed from Element 1 (dba e1), the joint venture developer of clean energy products, processes, and technologies in which Ardmore Shipping and Maritime Partners LLC have a stake.
Combined with PEM fuel cells, says RIX, M2H2 systems produce power with no NOx, SOx, or particulate matter. Systems deliver high efficiency, minimal vibration/noise, and low emissions for power critical applications, achieving net zero CO2 emissions when paired with renewable methanol. Systems support 30 kW to 120 kW fuel cell solutions, combinable to support MW applications and flexible for operations such as ship propulsion, auxiliary power systems, reefer container power, and cold ironing.