MAN Cryo, a provider of systems for the storage, distribution and handling of liquefied gases, has worked with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway to develop a marine fuel-gas system for liquified hydrogen.
MAN Cryo, a Sweden-based which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, developed the Liquid Hydrogen Marine Fuel Gas System design in-house at its headquarters in Gothenburg in close cooperation with the shipowner, Fjord1, and ship designer, Multi Maritime, in Norway.
Multi Maritime’s hydrogen design for Fjord1, including the fully integrated ‘MAN Cryo – Hydrogen Fuel Gas System’, has been granted preliminary approval in principle (AIP), by the DNV-GL Classification society.
“Winning this approval is a significant development for a number of reasons. As a solution for vessels employed on relatively short maritime routes, such as ferries, this technology is a world-first and showcases our company’s ability to deliver genuinely innovative solutions,” said Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of Man Energy Solution.
“Furthermore, hydrogen is a clean fuel whose profile fits perfectly with the general desire within the industry to move towards cleaner technology. The possibilities for this technology are varied and exciting.”
The system has a scalable design that allows easy adaption for different shipping types, sizes and conditions. The design is suitable for both above and below deck applications.
“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,” said Louise Andersson, Head of MAN Cryo.
Liquefied hydrogen has a temperature of -253° Celsius and is one of the absolutely coldest cryogenic gases there is. It can be used to charge batteries for electrical propulsion via fuel-cell technology.