On April 27th, 2021, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd., and Japan Engine Corporation formed a consortium of Japanese engine manufacturers to pursue joint development of hydrogen fueled marine engines for ocean-going and coastal vessels towards establishing a world-leading position in hydrogen engine technologies. Today, announced the joint establishment of a new company HyEng Corporation.
With a view to contributing to decarbonization in Japan, and promoting development of shipbuilding and maritime industry, the three companies have completed an agreement to facilitate joint investment in establishing a new company, HyEng Corporation, which will pursue joint development of world-leading marine hydrogen-fueled engines. This announcement was shared at the “Zero Emission Ships” seminar held by The Nippon Foundation in May 2021.
With the establishment of HyEng Corporation, the three companies will further advance their joint development activities and accelerate their drive to develop new markets for decarbonization in the marine domain and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Marine engines are expected to transition to various alternative fuels in the coming years. Among the many alternatives, hydrogen is attracting global interest for its application in a wide range of energy and mobility industrial sectors as a fuel that offers zero-emissions. The companies are looking to develop technologies in the hydrogen value chain towards global expansion of this important 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-fueled 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 lineup 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 realize a sustainable society by promoting the uptake of hydrogen fueled engine technology for marine vessels.
The significance and future vision of hydrogen engine development are described, and kawasaki heavy industries, Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd., and Japan Engine Corporation, which are the top runners in hydrogen fuel engine development, are the first companies in the world to contribute to decarbonization of Japan and the development of maritime, shipbuilding, and marine industries. HyEng Co., Ltd. is established.
Panel discussion. From the far left: Mr. Iwatani Sangyo Fukushima, Mr. Kaino of the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Kawashima of Japan Engine Corporation, Mr. Takahashi of the Institute of Maritime Technology and Safety, Mr. Kamiuchi of e5 Lab, Mr. Sakasaka, Japan Maritime Association