Japanese engine manufacturer Yanmar has completed a successful field demonstration of its hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime applications based on fuel cell technology for automobiles.
Carried out in Oita, Japan, the tests mark a moment to remember for the Japanese shipping industry and crowns Yanmar as one of the first companies to comply with environmental regulations with its development of dual-fuel marine engines.
To meet such regulations, Yanmar developed a maritime fuel cell system that incorporates hydrogen fuel cell modules from Toyota’s MIRAI automobile. The system was then installed into Yanmar’s EX38A FC pleasure boat for field testing.
In a new update, Yanmar yesterday (24th March) confirmed that the boat complies with the safety guidelines for hydrogen fuel cell vessels formulated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan.
With this success now under the company’s belt, it plans to scale the maritime fuel cell system by connecting multiple units. The system is planned to be deployed to larger vessels by 2025.