MAN Cryo develops first liquefied hydrogen fuel system for ships

MAN Cryo develops first liquefied hydrogen fuel system for ships
The cleaner fuel system has been designed in collaboration with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime (Image: MAN Energy Solutions)

Liquefied gas storage, distribution and handling expert MAN Cryo has designed a liquefied hydrogen fuel system that can be implemented onboard passenger ships and other vessels. The system was designed in close collaboration with Norwegian transport operator Fjord 1 and ship design and construction company Multi Maritime. 

MAN Cryo has used its experience from completing multiple hydrogen installations on land and building LNG systems for marine applications to design the new system.   

The system is designed to easily adapt to different shipping types, sizes and conditions, offering designers flexibility in their designs regarding efficiency, cargo or passenger space. 

Hydrogen is more efficient in liquid form than as a gas and when used as a fuel, it does not release carbon dioxide. This makes it a much cleaner, low-carbon alternative to traditional ship fuels. Hydrogen fuel cells can also be used to charge batteries for electrical propulsion.

Multi Maritime has designed a new Fjord1 ferry with MAN Cryo’s hydrogen fuel gas system, which is the first of its kind to be granted preliminary approval in principle by the DNV-GL classification society. 

“To secure this approval in principle shows the determination that MAN Energy Solutions has to advance cleaner shipping solutions,” said Louise Andersson, head of MAN Cryo. “Our strategy is to actively work with our customers to design and promote cleaner ways of powering vessels, and the competence and energy within MAN Cryo conveys this strategy excellently.” 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Thursday, December 6, 2018