CMB.TECH, a Belgian company that develops and integrates hydrogen solutions for marine and industrial applications, has partnered with DBR, a Dutch manufacturer of custom-built and standard generator sets, to build the world’s first marine dual-fuel hydrogen genset.
The genset, which uses a MAN V12-24l engine that has been successfully used in previous collaborations between CMB.TECH and MAN Engines, can run on both diesel and hydrogen, achieving emission savings of up to 83%. The genset has a maximum output of 940 kVA / 752 kWh at 60 Hz (1800 rpm) and can operate on diesel or in dual fuel mode, where emission savings of up to 83% can be achieved. In a typical D2 duty cycle, 53% of diesel consumption and 12% of AdBlue consumption are saved, resulting in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
The dual-fuel hydrogen genset is designed to be easily integrated into existing ships and power plants, as well as new builds. It offers fuel flexibility, as it can switch between diesel and hydrogen automatically without any loss of power or efficiency. It also allows the use of low-purity hydrogen, which reduces the cost and complexity of hydrogen production and storage.
The dual-fuel hydrogen genset is part of CMB.TECH’s vision to bring hydrogen to the industry and to create a zero-emission future for the maritime sector. CMB.TECH also offers hydrogen and ammonia fuel to its customers, either through its own production or by sourcing it from third-party producers. CMB.TECH has already developed several hydrogen-powered vessels, such as the Hydroville passenger shuttle, the HydroCat catamaran, and the HydroTug tugboat.
The dual-fuel hydrogen genset is expected to be commercially available in 2024. CMB.TECH and DBR are confident that this innovative technology will provide a cost-effective and reliable solution for low- and zero-emission power generation in the marine industry.