Nov 15, 2023 | Marine propulsion & machinery news

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Type Approval to BeHydro, a joint venture between CMB.TECH and Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), for its hydrogen-powered dual-fuel engine.

This is believed to be the first Type Approval to be issued for a dual-fuel hydrogen engine. The new engine, available in ratings of up to 2.7MW, offers shipowners the potential to reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 85%, with dual-fuel technology allowing the engine to continue supplying power using conventional fuels when no renewable energy or hydrogen is available.

The engine development is aimed at both land-base and marine use, and paves the way for BeHydro to develop larger capacity hydrogen engines in the future. LR originally awarded Approval in Principle in September 2020 and has conducted a thorough and comprehensive Type Approval process to ensure safety and material suitability.

Claudene Sharp-Patel, Technical Director Lloyd’s Register, said: “The Type Approval, a first-of-its-kind for hydrogen engines, demonstrates the potential of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping and underlines LR’s commitment to accelerating the adoption of safe and reliable future fuel technologies.”

Roy Campe, CTO of CMB.TECH, said: “Achieving a type approval on a first of its kind is not an easy process. Therefore, we are pleased to see our own positive test results confirmed by this LR Type Approval. The robust and cost-effective BeHydro technology is now ready to accelerate the reduction of CO₂ emissions throughout the maritime industry.”

Tim Berckmoes, CEO of ABC Engines, said: “This LR Type Approval of confirms the reliability and the safety of the BeHydro/ABC engines. The dual-fuel hydrogen engines are ready for all marine applications worldwide.”

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