The main objective of MC-WAP lies in the development and design of power plants based on molten-carbonate fuel cells technology, to be integrated on board large ships.

Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells have advantages linked to their high operating temperature, their environmentally friendly characteristics and the cost reduction potential, which makes them one of the most promising technologies to give a significant contribution to the objectives of sustainable energy generation. Besides, if low temperature fuel cells are mostly tailored to small boats or passenger ships, either fuelled by pure hydrogen or by reformate gases, high temperature fuel cells are more appropriate for large ships where their higher specific weight disadvantage is over-compensated by the higher APU system efficiencies they can enable.

MC-WAP used as an important starting point the activities already carried out in another industrial project funded by the WEAO organisation: MCFC-NG "Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Naval Generator", which involved two MC-WAP partners (Ansaldo Fuel Cells and TUBITAK). The project resulted in the design, building and on-land operation of a 500 KWe plant based on a diesel oil processor coupled to MCFC stacks, providing extremely useful information to drive the MC-WAP developmental efforts towards success in the marinization of MCFC power plants.

Starting from this experience, MC-WAP will:

In order to achieve the main goal of the project, an intermediate objective will lie in the development, construction, installation and testing on land of a 150 KWe APU based on molten carbonate fuel cells, designed following on-board installation requirements, to acquire information on the behaviour of such technology, thus driving the technological development to marine use of MCFC plants.


Project Coordinator

Marco Schembri - CETENA S.p.A.

Via Ippolito D'Aste 5 - 16121 Genova (Italy)

Tel +39 010 5995766


Project Officer

Maurizio Maggiore - European Commission