Amogy has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for its ammonia-to-power system.

The AiP marks a key milestone in certifying the company’s new system for use in maritime vessels.

This approval advances Amogy’s efforts to provide zero-emission power to ships.

The ammonia power system generates electricity from liquid ammonia to supply power to maritime vessels.

It cracks the liquid ammonia to hydrogen which is then used for generating electrical power through proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

Amogy stated that it will continue the technology qualification and type approval processes to make the system suitable  for use on maritime vessels.

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Amogy CEO Seonghoon Woo said: “This important milestone is further validation in Amogy as we continue to work towards full commercialization of our innovative ammonia technology in the maritime industry.

“As we get closer to bringing our system to market, it is critical to solve unique safety challenges for the design and operation of ammonia-fuelled vessels, and our team is committed to working with key partners, such as Lloyd’s Register, to enable its safe adoption by the industry.”

Backed by investors including SK, Saudi Aramco, and Amazon, Amogy intends to demonstrate the system on a maritime vessel for the first time in 2023.

The system was earlier successfully demonstrated in a drone and a tractor.

Additionally, the company is working with industry partners in the ammonia and shipping value chains to assess its power systems for commercial use in newly constructed as well as retrofit vessels.

According to Amogy, shipping accounts for nearly 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, which is expected to increase to 10% by 2050 if no emission-free solution is implemented.