MAN Energy Solutions subsidiary MAN Cryo in partnership with Fjord1 and Norway’s Multi Maritime has developed a new liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system for use in the marine sector.

The MAN Cryo – Hydrogen Fuel Gas System can be used for different shipping types, sizes and conditions.

The system is said to be suited for both above and below deck applications, allowing the ship designers to optimise their designs in terms of efficiency, cargo or passenger space.

DNV-GL has granted a preliminary approval in principle (AIP) to Multi Maritime’s new hydrogen vessel design for Fjord1. The design includes a fully integrated MAN Cryo – Hydrogen Fuel Gas System.

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MAN Energy Solutions CEO Dr Uwe Lauber said: “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.

“This technology is a world-first and showcases our company’s ability to deliver genuinely innovative solutions.”

“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.”

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MAN Cryo developed the liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system design at its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.

When used as fuel, hydrogen does not emit any carbon dioxide (CO2) and can help the shipping industry’s transition to a clean, low-carbon, energy system.

Liquefied hydrogen has a temperature of -253°C and can be used to charge batteries for electrical propulsion using fuel-cell technology.

According to MAN Cryo, use of hydrogen can help meet its target of achieving zero fossil emissions within the marine sector by 2050.