CMB and Volvo work on dual-fuel hydrogen engines

The clean technology section of Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), CMB.Tech, has partnered with Volvo Penta to hasten the development of dual-fuel hydrogen-powered options for both on-land and at-sea applications.

Since 2017, the businesses have collaborated on pilot projects to modify Volvo Penta engines so they can run on both hydrogen and diesel by using a conversion kit made available by CMB.TECH. In order to create a dual-fuel hydrogen technology that is a low-carbon interim solution until suitable zero-emissions alternatives are commercially feasible, the partnership will be strengthened, according to CMB.Tech.

For a limited number of customers, the partnership will fund pilot studies and small-scale industrialization of a hydrogen dual-fuel system. The technology and development center of CMB.TECH in Brentwood, United Kingdom, will be responsible for designing and testing the hydrogen-injection system for Volvo Penta engines.

The key benefit of the dual-fuel system, according to the creators, is that it will lower greenhouse gas emissions and, in the event that hydrogen is not available, the application will continue to work on conventional fuel, protecting productivity.

Following the decision earlier this year to establish a hydrogen fueling station at Stockholm Norvik Port, CMB has partnered with Volvo. The first terminal truck powered by hydrogen is anticipated to be in use in 2023 thanks to a partnership between CMB.Tech and Ports of Stockholm in port operations and service offers to shipping companies and haulage enterprises.