Yanmar Holdings and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology have developed of a hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime applications.

Based on fuel cell technology for automobiles, Yanmar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toyota Motor Corporation to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system based on components including high pressure hydrogen tanks on the Mirai.

With the International Maritime Organisation announcing a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero by the end of this century, marine environmental regulations have been tightened worldwide and the implementation of emission control areas has begun to have an effect on ship operations.

To date, Yanmar has successfully addressed the various regional demands for emission control regulations by developing dual-fuel engines and ever cleaner diesel engine technologies. The next challenge is to develop non-fossil fuel powertrains.

With a view to realising an easily installable module with superior cruising range, Yanmar aims to install the maritime fuel cell system on its own boat and start a field demonstration test by the end of 2020.

Furthermore, the company plans to expand the technology for a variety of applications and deployments.