AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, is taking part in Germany\u2019s research project which will test the use of fuel cells on passenger vessels.\r\nThe Pa-X-ell2 joint project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.\r\nApart from AIDA Cruises which is represented by Carnival, the project also gathers Meyer Werft shipyard, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, and other partners.\r\nAs explained, the objective is to find practical solutions for climate-neutral mobility across all shipping. The groundbreaking project specifically aims to develop a decentralized energy network and a hybrid energy system with a new generation of fuel cells for use on oceangoing passenger vessels.\r\nAccording to the cruise line, fuel cells are planned to be tested on board AIDAnova for the first time. This is seen as a next step in the company\u2019s Green Cruising strategy.\r\n\u201cWith the first-time use of fuel cells on board an oceangoing cruise ship, we will reach a further important milestone on our journey to emission-neutral cruising, and will show further concrete solutions for achieving our climate targets,\u201d Felix Eichhorn,\u00a0AIDA President, commented.\r\nFuel cells enable power supply on board with even lower emissions than is currently possible with liquefied natural gas (LNG). Furthermore, they operate with low noise and vibration. A fuel cell runs on hydrogen obtained from methanol, which also has the potential to be produced from renewable energies in the future.\r\nIn 2018, AIDA Cruises\u00a0commissioned\u00a0AIDAnova, the world\u2019s first cruise ship that is entirely powered with low-emission LNG.\r\nTwo further LNG-powered AIDA cruise ships, built by the Meyer Werft shipyards in Rostock and Papenburg, will be put into service by 2023.\r\nWhat is more, a\u00a0battery storage system\u00a0with a total output of 10-megawatt hours will start operating aboard AIDAperla in 2020. As part of its Green Cruising strategy, AIDA is also exploring the possibility of CO2-free extraction of liquefied gas from renewable sources.\r\nAs early as at the end of 2020, 12 of AIDA\u2019s 14 ships will be able to use shore power.