Nuvera Fuel Cells has announced that it will be working  with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology. Nuvera has been commissioned to produce and deliver eight of its Nuvera® fuel cell stacks (total power 260 kW), which will be used as range extenders for use on marine vessels. 

Nuvera’s fuel cell auxiliary power units will provide marine vessels with air-independent propulsion (AlP). This is the same technology used in non-nuclear submarines, which allows them to operate  without  the need to surface for oxygen. AlP generates electricity, which in turn drives an electric  motor for propulsion or for recharging the boat’s batteries. The outcome of using this technology is silent operation, a major benefit in the world of luxury sea travel.

“Fuel cells provide an attractive value proposition to the marine industry,” said Giampaolo Sibilia, Director of European Operations for Nuvera Fuel Cells. “This important program with Fincantieri not only validates the benefits of Orion® technology in sea-based transportation, but fulfills a specific need in the maritime world to make sea travel cleaner and quieter.”

Fincantieri has coordinated the building of more than 7,000 seagoing vessels spanning its 200 year history, giving the shipbuilder an unrivaled understanding of the sea travel industry. Fincantieri selected Nuvera’s Orion® fuel cell stack technology for its performance and durability.

Interest in hydrogen fuel cells for marine  applications has grown as the marine industry looks for new ways to tackle environmental concerns and improve engine-reliability. The usage of hydrogen fuel cells in marine vessels reduces the exhaust  emissions, vibrations, noise, and costs associated with diesel-powered sea travel. Fuel cells are solid state electricity-generating devices with no moving parts. This makes them exceptionally quiet in terms of machinery noise compared to conventional diesel engines. Orion® fuel cell stacks are Nuvera’s line of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, which offer best-in-class power density in sizes ranging from 10 to 300 kW. The Orion® stack offers superior performance and durability in a compact package that can be integrated into industrial mobility, automotive, aerospace, and marine applications.

The program is scheduled to begin December 2013. Nuvera is aiming to deliver all eight Orion® fuel cell stack prototype units by mid-2014.

Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, which in over 200 years of maritime history has built more than 7,000 vessels. It is world leader in cruise ship construction and a reference player in other sectors, from naval vessels to cruise ferries, from mega-yachts to special high value-added vessels, ship repairs and conversions and offshore vessels. Headquartered in Trieste, the Group has a total of nearly 20,000 employees, of whom 8,400 in Italy, 21 shipyards in 3 continents and total revenues of Euro 4 billion.

Through its subsidiary lsotta Fraschini Motori, the company develops and builds diesel engines, for marine generators, propulsion and industrial applications. More information can be found by visiting Media contact: Antonio Autorino, Phone: +39 040 3192473; Mobile: +39 335 7859027; 


Nuvera Fuel Cells is an alternative-power technology company focused on fuel cell stacks and related systems, on-site hydrogen production and dispensing systems for both commercial end-users and OEMs. Located in the U.S. and Europe, Nuvera manufactures hydrogen supply and fuel cell power products designed for efficiency, safety, and productivity. Explore