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JAPANESE CONSORTIUM TO TEST H2 FUEL AT SEA IN 2-STROKE ENGINE

JAPANESE CONSORTIUM TO TEST H2 FUEL AT SEA IN 2-STROKE ENGINE

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) MOL Drybulk and Japan Engine Corporation (J-Eng) have signed a basic agreement to cooperate in a trial of a hydrogen-fuelled engine on an in-service vessel.

The ship will be operated by MOL and MOL Drybulk, and the engine — believed to be the world's first low-speed, two-stroke hydrogen-fuelled marine engine - will be developed by J-Eng.

While accelerating efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to address climate change, the ocean shipping industry has promoted a shift to environment-friendly, next-generation fuels. In the future, hydrogen supply chains are expected to expand globally in response to progress in the use and adoption of hydrogen in various fields. Even in the ocean shipping industry, hydrogen fuel is drawing considerable attention as a promising next-generation fuel.

In cooperation with partners Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Yanmar Power Technology, J-Eng will develop the hydrogen-fuelled engine, which will be the world's first main engine for large ocean-going or coastal vessels. The engine development has been previously selected for a government-subsidised project by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), part of Green Innovation Funding Programme.

The MOL Group aims to deploy net zero emissions ocean-going vessels in the 2020s and achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050, as set out in its Group Environmental Vision.

MOL, MOL Drybulk, and J-ENG will aim to commercialise net zero hydrogen-powered vessels and promote their wide adoption in the ocean shipping industry.

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