Aerospace

Systems for submarines

Sistema para submarinosSENER works on new technologies that improve the current submarine propulsion systems. 

With the support of submarine manufacturers, it has developed a pioneering project to generate hydrogen using a methanol reformer to supply the fuel cells of submarines that carry an AIP system. 

The methanol reformer and the physical purification in membranes produces in situ the hydrogen needed for the fuel cell, with the same purity as the system used to date (which uses hydrogen stored in metal hydride cylinders, limiting the energy storage capacity because of its weight) thus offering a more efficient solution in terms of available energy/weight. The CO2 produced is released by dissolving it in sea water through a specifically designed system with very low impact on the submarine’s signature. 

The design of this system meets the specifications of the most modern submarines with high AIP energy requirements.

 

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