MAN reports huge interest for new liquid hydrogen system

MAN Cryo, the company behind the launch last month of the world’s first marine, liquid hydrogen fuel-gas system, has reported enormous interest in the new product from around the world as developments related to hydrogen and shipping accelerate.

On December 6 last year, MAN Cryo, a wholly owned subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, debuted its marine, liquid hydrogen fuel-gas system, developed in close cooperation with owner Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway.

Louise Andersson, head of MAN Cryo, told Splash, “We had a very positive response on the PR. The interest has been huge around the world which tells me that many have been thinking about hydrogen for a long time but they really havn’t known how to address the storage of liquid H2.”

Andersson said she felt hydrogen would develop initially as a short sea fuel, with owners in Norway being the likely pioneers, just as they were when it came to LNG as a ship fuel.

“There is a lot of research and initiatives going on in different countries. We are following that with interest and are also part of some of them,” Andersson said.

Hydrogen propulsion developments are coming in thick and fast.

Norwegian ship design firm Moss Maritime, in cooperation with Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV GL, has this week introduced a design for a 9,000 cu m liquefied hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel.

An in-depth report on the prospects for hydrogen as a real alternative fuel for shipping is carried in the inaugural issue of Splash Extra, our new monthly subscription product, which launches today. Splash readers can access the first issue of Splash Extra by clicking here.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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