Yanmar Power Technology Co. (YPT) has made the first delivery of its newly commercialized maritime hydrogen fuel cell system to be installed in a hybrid passenger ship.
Electric Propulsion System
Supplied to the MONTENA-Sea operated passenger ship HANARIA which can use both hydrogen and biodiesel fuels, utilizing an onboard electric propulsion system, the fuel cell system will provide around 240kW of hydrogen-fuelled power. YPT’s maritime fuel cell system was commercialized in August (2023), offering up to 300kW of power for a range of vessels including passenger ships, work ships and cargo ships operating in coastal areas. MONTENA-Sea – a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines company – revealed the 33-meter HANARIA vessel was set to enter commercial service in Japan in April 2024.
Currently under construction at Hongawara Shipbuilding Co. in the Hiroshima Prefecture, HANARIA is expected to achieve a sailing speed of around 10.5 knots, while offering a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction between 53-100% depending on the fuel used. Scheduled for delivery to MONTENA-Seas in March next year (2024), the ship will enter service in Fukuoka. In 2021, Yanmar completed a successful demonstration of its maritime fuel cell system in Oita, Japan.
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