BeHydro the first hydrogen powered dual fuel engine!Written by Chris Kwacz
After three years of developement a stand alone hydrogen powered dual-fuel engine is ready! Build by ABS and shipping company CMB, with a capacity of 1 MegaWatt it can be used on ships, trains or as a standard power generator in hospital, factory or data centre! A 1 MW BeHydro can supply green electricity to 3,000 families and reduces CO2 emissions by 3,500 tons. Dual-fuel technology, the engine can continue to supply power, even if no renewable energy or hydrogen is available!
It took over three years. BeHydro has been developed, produced, and extensively tested by a Joint Venture between Belgian multi-fuel medium speed engine builder ABC and Belgian shipping giant Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB). Now, they officially launched the engine and we are looking forward to the future benefits of a hydrogen-fuelled future! What is very important, based on this technology, larger engines even up to 10 MegaWatts can also be produced.
A 1 MW BeHydro hydrogen-powered engine can supply green electricity to 3,000 families and reduces CO2 emissions by 3,500 tons. The engine produces as much energy as 1 wind turbine of 3 MW or 36,000 solar panels. Owing to the dual-fuel technology, the engine can also continue to supply power, even if no renewable energy or hydrogen is available.
Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB explained: “BeHydro reinforces the recently announced EU vision on hydrogen and proves that the energy transition for large-scale applications is possible today. These include main engines for coastal shipping, inland shipping and tugboats, auxiliary engines for deep-sea vessels, but also trains and electricity generators for hospitals and data centres. In theory, any large diesel engine can be replaced by a BeHydro engine. The hydrogen future starts today!”
Tim Berckmoes, CEO of ABC: “BeHydro has already received its first order for 2 x 2 MW dual-fuel engines that will be installed on board the HydroTug, the world first Hydrogen Tug” The vessel is reportedly the very first hydrogen tugboat in the world, and will be deployed by the Port of Antwerp.
In the first phase, 100 hydrogen-powered engines can be produced per year, based on the developer’s estimates. In addition, BeHydro is developing a mono-fuel hydrogen engine that will be ready by the second quarter of 2021.
By injecting and burning hydrogen, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are reduced by up to 85% with these engines. “This revolutionary development can lead to a massive greening of ships, trains and electricity generators,” the company said in a statement.
The hydrogen future starts today!