Japan forms join venture to hydrogen
07 April 2021
Three of Japan’s leading marine engine
manufacturers, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Yanmar Power
Technology Co., Ltd. and Japan Engine Corporation have announced the
joint establishment of a new company - HyEng Corporation.
One of the new company’s main goals will be to develop hydrogen fueled
engines for the marine sector.
A Yanmar marine engine.
Yanmar is one of three companies which said they wanted to contribute to
decarbonization in Japan in the shipbuilding and maritime industry.
In a joint statement the three
companies said they wanted to contribute to decarbonization in Japan
in the shipbuilding and maritime industry.
They added: “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.”
HyEng Corporation will be based in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture,
Japan, and the president will be Seiji Shindo
The companies said that other activities of the new venture will be
the development of international standards and rules for hydrogen fuel
supply systems, integration of hydrogen fuel supply systems and
maintenance and operation of hydrogen fuel engine demonstration
facilities. Each company will own one third of HyEng Corporation.
Regarding the engine output of the new engines Yanmar said there is no
specific range being targeted at this time, rather, for now, the
company will be conducting basic research, surveying the field,
analyzing market trends and working to ascertain customer needs. This
work will inform the company when it comes to deciding an engine
line-up, it added.
The companies will be developing technology for a range of different
engine types in the marine engine domain including two-cylinder
low-speed engines, four- cylinder medium/high speed engines plus tank
and supply systems.
These would be suitable for a range of vessels, however, no target
vessel is specified at this time, it added.
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