MAN Cryo first provider to develop a marine, liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system

MAN Cryo, the wholly owned subsidiary of MAN Vitality Options, has—in shut cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway—developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen.


Multi Maritime’s hydrogen vessel design for Fjord1, together with the totally built-in MAN Cryo – Hydrogen Gas Gasoline System, has been granted preliminary approval in precept (AIP), by the DNV-GL Classification society. The award is important in that the system is the primary marine-system design globally to safe such an approval.

The system has a scalable design that enables straightforward adaptation for various transport sorts, sizes and situations. The design is fitted to each above- and below-deck purposes, providing ship designers the flexibleness to optimise their designs in relation to effectivity, and to cargo or passenger house.

MAN Cryo has lengthy expertise with cryogenic gases and options for storage and distribution. The corporate has additionally made quite a few hydrogen installations over time on land that, together with its in depth expertise from marine fuel-gas methods for LNG, have been invaluable when designing the brand new system.

Liquefied hydrogen has a temperature of -253 °C and is without doubt one of the completely coldest cryogenic gases there may be, which locations system parts and supplies beneath excessive stresses. One other design problem was hydrogen’s explosive nature, with the MAN Cryo engineering staff accordingly inserting high precedence on security.

As soon as liquefied, hydrogen is diminished to 1/800th of its quantity in comparison with that of its gasoline part, facilitating a more-efficient distribution. As a gasoline, hydrogen doesn't launch any CO2 and might play an vital function within the transition to a clear, low-carbon, vitality system. Liquefied hydrogen can be utilized to cost batteries for electrical propulsion by way of fuel-cell expertise.

MAN Cryo states that it sees a vivid future for hydrogen purposes globally as a part of its goal of attaining zero fossil emissions throughout the marine sector by 2050. Particularly, Norway is presently creating a number of promising hydrogen purposes.

Transport specifically is going through nice challenges with regard to extra environmentally-friendly gasoline sources, which is why MAN Vitality Options has argued in favor of what it phrases a ‘Maritime Vitality Transition’ for a while as probably the most promising technique to obtain a climate-neutral transport business.

The time period ‘Maritime Vitality Transition’ stems from the German expression ‘Energiewende’ and encapsulates MAN Vitality Options’ name to motion to cut back emissions and set up pure gasoline because the gasoline of alternative in world transport. It is usually an umbrella protecting all MAN Vitality Options’ actions in regard to supporting a climate-neutral transport business.

Launched in 2016 after COP 21, the initiative has since discovered help throughout the transport business and German politics.