Revealed today (May 12), the approval provides a means for the second generation of the REXH2® developed by EODev to integrate its hydrogen PEM fuel cell to further decarbonise the maritime industry.

The Approval in Principle (AIP) obtained by EODev for its technology follows a thorough design review against the latest classification rules and regulations, assessing its compliance with the IGF Code specific safety regulations for vessels using gases and low-flashpoint fuels.

It also follows the recently released BV NR 547, applicable to the use of fuel cells onboard ships.

This ultimately will allow the serial production of the new maritime hydrogen fuel cell and drive decarbonisation deeper into the industry.

Jeremie Lagarrigue, CEO of EODev, said, “Energy Observer was the first to install a hydrogen fuel cell onboard an ocean-going vessel back in 2017. EODev was then the first company to integrate a more powerful version of its original Range Extender into the Energy Observer catamaran, thanks to collaboration with long-standing hydrogen expert Toyota, in 2019.

“Then came a fully certified recreational day-boat in 2021; and now in 2022 we reach another milestone with the launch of our full-scale serial production of the latest compact, “plug & play”, REXH2® that uses Toyota’s latest fuel cell technology.

“All along we’ve worked with Bureau Veritas, and all along they’ve been not only a great supporter of our undertakings, but also a great partner to help make everything right so as to speed up the clean energy transition with the best and safest solutions.”

Laurent Leblanc, Senior Vice-President Technical & Operations at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said, “As a classification society, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore works with industry players across the maritime industry, from offshore operators, to ship owners, to port authorities.

“BV’s ambition is to enable our customers to tackle the energy transition. We use our expertise to help advance innovation, safety and performance and to make possible forward-looking solutions.

“As we help clients comply with environmental regulations, implement green solutions onboard, measure decarbonisation progress, and more, the collaboration with EODev is another testament to our ambition and commitment that we are particularly proud of.”

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