Hydrogen Dual-fuel Engine Gets Maritime AiP

1 MW engine developed by BeHydro, a JV between ABC and Compagnie Maritime Belge

BeHydro’s hydrogen-powered dual-fuel engine with a capacity of 1 MW has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR).

BeHydro is a joint venture between Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) and Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC).

The new engine was unveiled earlier this month and offers the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 85%. Thanks to the dual-fuel technology, the engine can continue to supply power even if no renewable energy or hydrogen is available. The engine can run on a much higher proportion of hydrogen than previously achieved: Up to 85%, with the rest standard Marine Gasoil.

Based on this development, BeHydro is now planning to develop larger engines of up to 10 MW. In a first phase, the company says it can produce 100 hydrogen-powered engines per year. In addition, BeHydro is developing a mono-fuel hydrogen engine that will be ready by the second quarter of 2021.

Tim Berckmoes, CEO of ABC, said BeHydro has already received its first order for two 2-MW dual-fuel engines for a hydrogen tugboat to be deployed by the Port of Antwerp.

“This collaboration with CMB and ABC is an important development in demonstrating the potential of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping,” Andy McKeran, LR’s M&O Commercial Director, said. “This Approval in Principle demonstrates LR’s commitment to helping the industry to adopt safe, reliable and economic new technologies and processes to meet decarbonisation ambitions.”

Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB said the recognition by Lloyd’s Register is an important milestone in the launch of the BeHydro medium speed engines.

“It confirms that the built-in safety systems are solid proof,” Saverys said. “We now feel confident to start working on the first applications with these clean and powerful engines.”

Behydro believes hydrogen can be used in various applications such as marine and locomotives.

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