Towards a green hydrogen future – MAN Energy Solution

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At MAN Energy Solutions, we are intensively working on the climate-neutral ship propulsion system of the future. Hydrogen-powered engines, amongst other systems, will play a crucial role on the path towards decarbonized shipping. Get to know some of the people developing the green hydrogen engine of the future.

The goal is clear: by 2050, shipping must halve its CO2 emissions. This upcoming Maritime Energy Transition and related challenges are actively driving the entire maritime world and all involved stakeholders.

We at MAN Energy Solutions are already supporting this Maritime Energy Transition and are deeply committed to actively playing a role and providing a clear path. 

Behind the scenes at MAN Energy Solutions, many dedicated and passionate people are involved in the development of numerous solutions that contribute to the decarbonization of the maritime industry. 

Some of those activities have been bundled as part of an extensive research project called E2Fuels. In this project, the use of electricity-based fuels and hybrid systems for different applications in the maritime and power generation fields is being analyzed. 

Julia Maier

It fascinates me to unlock our engines’ full potential and prepare them for a decarbonized future.

Julia Maier
Development Engineer Thermo- & Fluiddynamics

Towards a green hydrogen future

One of the promising solutions in this area is the internal combustion four-stroke engine running on hydrogen. 

Green Hydrogen as a future fuel type offers great potential as it doesn’t contain any carbon that is consequently emitted as CO2 in the combustion process. Also from a cost perspective, hydrogen-burning combustion engines have a clear advantage in comparison to fuel cells. And as the production of green hydrogen is reaching a more mature level, its potential is even growing.

Dr. Matthias Birner

Hydrogen offers a bright future for renewable energy conversion and consequently for MAN engines, too.

Dr. Matthias Birner
Senior Project Engineer

The challenges related to hydrogen, such as its very low density and the requirement to store it at either high pressure or very low temperatures, provide a clear framework for the ongoing product development. 

However, thanks to the expertise, passion, and pioneering spirit of all involved employees, the roadmap for a marine engine running on hydrogen is set. The first relevant applications in the marine market could be fuel-share applications running on hydrogen and diesel that can be used in coastal regions or fjords with regulations for ultra-low emissions. The first application for a 100% hydrogen marine engine will probably be overseas transport by means of hydrogen carriers.

Dr Markus Bauer

Hydrogen is a relevant building block to bequeath a world worth living in to our children and grandchildren.

Dr. Markus Bauer
Senior Development Engineer


Timeline H2 engine development


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