Yanmar aims to test specific issues and solutions in a maritime environment in preparation for the implementation of a maritime fuel cell system.

FREMONT, CA: Yanmar Holdings and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology have conducted a field demonstration test for the maritime fuelcell system on March 24 in Oita, Japan. Yanmar is a global innovator in various manufacturing equipment, including small and large engines, farm machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine, machine tools, and parts. Yanmar's global market activities cover seven domains.

The International Maritime Organization has announced a plan to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century. With global marine environmental regulations tightening, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry released its 'Green Growth Strategy towards 2050 Carbon Neutrality' in December of last year.The strategy emphasizes the development of environmentally sustainable energy and power sources, such as those for vessels powered by carbon-free fuels like hydrogen and ammonia.

Yanmar, a global pioneer in maritime powertrain technology, was one of the first companies to build dual-fuel marine engines to comply with environmental regulations. Yanmar has created a maritime fuel cell system using hydrogen fuel cell modules from Toyota's MIRAI sedan, which looks to the future of powertrain technology. For field testing, the device was mounted in a Yanmar EX38A FC pleasure boat.

The boat is the first to comply with the Japanese Ministry of Land formally, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism's safety standards for hydrogen fuel-cell vessels. Yanmar aims to test specific issues and solutions in a maritime environment in preparation for the implementation of a maritime fuel cell system. Furthermore, it seeks to scale the maritime fuel cell system in the future by linking multiple units. By 2025, the device is expected to be tested on larger ships.