Yanmar believes in hydrogen. As part of efforts to offer environment-friendly powertrain solutions, Yanmar will develop a hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime applications, based on fuel cell technology for automobiles.

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With the International Maritime Organization 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.

Yanmar fuel cell

The hydrogen fuel cell unit and high-pressure tank

Yanmar in partnership with Toyota…

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, then, is to develop non-fossil fuel powertrains.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toyota Motor Corporation to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system for maritime applications based on hydrogen fuel cell system components including high pressure hydrogen tanks on Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell automobile manufactured by Toyota.

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Yanmar believes in hydrogen: a field demonstration by the end of FY2020

With a view to realizing 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 fiscal year 2020. Furthermore, the company plans to expand the technology for a variety of applications and deployments.