Japanese consortium to develop hydrogen-powered vessel

Japanese consortium to develop hydrogen-powered vessel

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:

  1. Implementation of a high-power fuel cell system on vessels and development of operation technology.
  2. Development of onboard hydrogen fuel supply system/equipment.
  3. Development of hydrogen fuel supply system.
  4. Application to vessels trough new vessel design and development.

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