Under the contract, the US-based company have agreed to purchase an initial order of three, 200kW FCwave™ engines, with Ballard supporting the integration of the fuel cell engines with Amogy’s proprietary ammonia reforming system.

Amogy’s ammonia-to-power platform relies on unique ammonia cracking technology, facilitating the extraction of hydrogen onboard for fuel in a hydrogen engine.

A follow-on order for an additional seven FCwave™ engines is expected upon successful completion of the initial projects.

Seonghoon Woo, Chief Executive Officer at Amogy, said, “This contract and collaboration opportunity with Ballard is a significant step as Amogy expands its efforts in the maritime sector.

“With access to their leading fuel cell technology and team of experts, together we can expedite commercialisation of scalable, ammonia-to-power solutions for the maritime industry and support global sustainability goals.”

It is hoped the partnership between Amogy and Ballard could demonstrate ammonia power platforms in real world maritime use-cases.

Ballard’s FCwave™ engine is a scalable fuel cell system certified for operation in marine environments and will deliver the initial engines to Amogy in 2023 for maritime deployment.

Last month (November 2022) Ballard revealed it had installed its FCWave fuel cells onboard the ‘world’s first’ liquid hydrogen-powered ferry.

Read more: Ballard fuel cells successfully installed onboard the ‘world’s first’ liquid hydrogen-powered ferry

Soren Ostergaard Hansen, Ballard General Manager, commented, “We believe Amogy’s onboard capabilities to convert ammonia to gaseous hydrogen combined with our fuel cell engines will be a major milestone to achieve decarbonisation in the marine sector.”

The International Maritime Organisation aim to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of global fleets 40% by 2030 and pursue efforts towards 70% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels.

Amogy on ammonia for US hydrogen hubs

Across the hydrogen industry, ammonia is being branded as a key solution for the storage and transport of the clean energy carrier. As the US anticipated the announcement of which hydrogen hub proposals will receive funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) $8bn fund to establish regional hydrogen hubs, one company is attempting to make headway with its innovative approach to using ammonia within the prospected hubs.

Brooklyn-based Amogy is a sustainable technology start-up that says it is building a carbon-free energy system that uses ammonia as a renewable fuel. Having developed a novel chemical-based ammonia cracking technology to separate hydrogen from the fuel carrier, which it believes could play a key role in the deployment of hydrogen.

Having already become a partner of the NYSERDA hydrogen hub consortium to establish hub in New York state, H2 View spoke to Seonghoon Woo, CEO of Amogy, to learn more about where the company and its technology fits into the evolving hydrogen ecosystems…

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