Five Japanese companies have joined forces to develop a hydrogen-powered ferry, marking Japan’s first effort towards developing a commercially available fuel cell vessel.
NYK Line, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, and Eneos Corporation have teamed up for the project.
Together, the companies will develop an approximately 150 tonne, high-power fuel cell vessel that will function as a medium-sized tourist ship.
Construction and production are expected to start in 2023. In 2024, the companies will carry out a demonstration operation of the vessel, together with the demonstration supply of hydrogen fuel.
As part of the project, the companies will focus on the following:
- Implementation of a high-power fuel cell system on vessels and development of operation technology.
- Development of onboard hydrogen fuel supply system/equipment.
- Development of hydrogen fuel supply system.
- Application to vessels trough new vessel design and development.