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On-demand, on-vessel hydrogen generation
RIX Industries

RIX Industries, a leading developer of gas generation systems, precision compressor solutions and cryogenic cooling technologies, will use this year’s show to highlight how on-demand, on-vessel hydrogen generation is key to solving deployment challenges and building real momentum in maritime decarbonization. Eliminating the complexities of high-pressure gas or cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage, hydrogen-on-demand transforms methanol to hydrogen for feeding PEM fuel cells as needed in a self-contained, small-footprint system.

“To capitalize on hydrogen’s promise as an on-vessel source of power, hydrogen technologies must become more accessible for easy marine deployment,” explains Bryan Reid, chief sales officer at RIX Industries. “Newly available commercial systems enable hydrogen generation on demand without hydrogen’s inherent complexity. Using methanol as a safe and manageable hydrogen carrier 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 in ambient conditions, allowing hydrogen systems to drop into existing shipboard infrastructures with minimal impact on retrofit even as decarbonization goals are more easily met. It’s the breakthrough needed for the shipping industry to fulfill its global role in facilitating a healthier planet and strong worldwide economy.”

Hydrogen-on-demand is enabled by RIX’s M2H2 Series systems, integrating technology licensed from Element 1 (dba e1), a developer of clean-energy products, processes and technologies. Combined with PEM fuel cells, M2H2 reformer systems generate hydrogen 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 10-200kW fuel cell stack systems, modular and scalable through combination to support MW applications, and flexible for operations such as ship propulsion, auxiliary power systems, reefer container power and cold ironing.

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