Japanese engine makers team up on hydrogen fuel development

Three Japanese engine makers, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Yanmar Power Technology and Japan Engine Corporation have formed a consortium

Three Japanese engine makers, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Yanmar Power Technology and Japan Engine Corporation have formed a consortium to pursue joint development of hydrogen fuelled marine engines for ocean-going and coastal vessels towards establishing a world-leading position in hydrogen engine technologies.

With hydrogen attracting global interest for its application in a wide range of energy and mobility industrial sectors including shipping as a fuel that offers zero-emissions. The companies are looking to develop technologies in the hydrogen value chain towards global expansion of this alternative fuel. By cooperating on common fundamental technologies such as basic experiments and analysis on hydrogen combustion, materials, and sealing techniques, as well as classification society requirements, each company aims to bring hydrogen-fuelled engines to the market by 2025.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries will develop medium-speed 4-stroke engines, Yanmar Power Technology will focus on medium- and high-speed 4-stroke engines, and Japan Engine Corporation will embark on the development of low-speed 2-stroke engines. All three simultaneous developments will enhance the product line up of propulsion and auxiliary (generator) engines for a wide range of vessels. In addition, a hydrogen fuel storage and supply system will be developed as part of the integrated hydrogen fuel system.

By developing advanced hydrogen marine engine technologies based on the distinctive engines and quickly launching in the market, the consortium will contribute to the Japanese shipbuilding industry. Furthermore, the companies aim to revitalize the Japanese maritime industry and realise a sustainable society by promoting the uptake of hydrogen fuelled engine technology for marine vessels.

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