Shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), MOL Drybulk, Ltd., and Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG) on Tuesday (9 November) said they have signed a basic agreement to trial a hydrogen-fuelled engine equipped on a proposed in-service vessel.
The vessel will be operated by MOL and MOL Drybulk, and the world’s first low-speed, two-stroke hydrogen-fuelled marine engine will be developed by J-ENG.
While accelerating efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as measures to address climate change, the ocean shipping industry has also promoted a shift to environment-friendly, next-generation fuels, it states.
In the future, hydrogen supply chains are expected to expand globally in response to progress in the use and adoption of hydrogen in various fields such as power generation and mobility. Even in the ocean shipping industry, hydrogen fuel is drawing considerable attention as a promising next-generation fuel.
In cooperation with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd., J-ENG will develop the hydrogen-fuelled engine, which will be the world’s first main engine for large ocean-going or coastal vessels.
Through the agreement, MOL, MOL Drybulk, and J-ENG will conduct a trial with an in-service vessel equipped with hydrogen-fueled engine, aiming to commercialise net zero hydrogen-powered vessels and promote their wide adoption in the ocean shipping industry.
The engine development was selected for a government-subsidized project by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), part of Green Innovation Funding Program.
Manifold Times earlier reported NEDO supporting another programme to develop a methane slip reduction technology for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessels by improving catalysts and engines.
Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 10 November, 2021
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