In effort to become more environmentally-friendly, as early as 2021, Carnival Corporation’s Germany-based brand, AIDA cruises, will trial a leading-edge, fuel-cell technology designed to power large-scale cruise ships. The research project, named “Pa-X-ell2”, is being funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. It was created to develop fuel cells that are powered by hydrogen derived from methanol.
Developed to function as a hybrid energy system for use specifically in cruise ships, the fuel cells are expected to supply a longer lifecycle than those currently created for automobiles, with early land-based trials showing a lifespan of over 35,000 operating hours.
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