Two of Ballard Power Systems’ FCveloCity®-MD 30kW modules have been successfully integrated and tested in a hybrid marine application by a consortium that includes Yanmar, National Martime Research Institute (NMRI) and Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA).

With support from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the project – which has been underway since 2015 – has focused on development of safety guidelines for hydrogen (H2) fuel cell-powered boats below gross tonnage of 20 operating in Japan’s restricted coastal waters. For the test, a hybrid power system was designed using a 60kWh lithium-ion battery and two Ballard FCveloCity®-MD modules producing a total of 60kW of power. The system was installed on a 16.5 metre (55ft) boat owned by NMRI and successfully tested under maritime loads and conditions.

Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard’s Vice-President of Technology and Product Development, said, “We are pleased to be providing fuel cell modules and technical services for this important work with Yanmar in Japan. This work will support the development of safety guidelines for fuel cell-powered boats in Japan. We continue to see an expanding range of heavy payload transportation applications for which zero-emission fuel cell electric systems offer a compelling value proposition, particularly where customers require long range, fast refuelling and full route flexibility.”

Yanmar delivers total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. On land, at sea, and in the city, Yanmar’s mission of ‘providing sustainable solutions focused on the challenges customers face, in food production and harnessing power, thereby enriching people’s lives for all our tomorrows’, is a testament to Yanmar’s determination to provide ‘A Sustainable Future’.

The Ballard 30kW modules were previously provided to Yanmar by Toyota Tsusho Corporation under its Distribution Agreement with Ballard.

Ballard and Toyota Tsusho announced a Distribution Agreement in 2016 under which Toyota Tsusho acts as a distributor of Ballard-powered fuel cell products in Japan. Toyota Tsusho is the Toyota Group’s sole general trading company and is one of the largest trading companies in Japan.