Yanmar develops hydrogen fuel cell system

Yanmar is developing a hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime use Photo: Yanmar Yanmar is developing a hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime use Photo: Yanmar

Yanmar Holdings and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology have announced the development of a hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime applications based on fuel cell technology for automobiles.

With the International Maritime Organisation announcing its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the end of this century, marine environmental regulations have been tightened worldwide and the implementation of emission control areas has begun to have an effect on ship operations.

Yanmar has successfully addressed the various regional demands for emission control regulations by developing dual-fuel engines and ever cleaner diesel engine technologies. The next challenge is to develop non-fossil fuel powertrains.

Yanmar has therefore been working on development of future powertrains using hydrogen as fuel. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toyota Motor Corporation to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system based on hydrogen fuel cell system components including high pressure hydrogen tanks on MIRAI, a hydrogen fuel cell automobile manufactured by Toyota.

The company aims to install the maritime fuel cell system on its own boat and start a field demonstration test by the end of FY2020.

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