BeHydro launches the first hydrogen-powered dual-fuel engine with a capacity of 1 megawatt (MW)

21st September 2020

Over the past three years BeHydro has developed, produced and extensively tested a dual-fuel (diesel-hydrogen) engine with a capacity of 1 MW. Based on this technology, larger engines of up to 10 MW can also be produced. Therefore, BeHydro can provide solutions for a wide range of industrial sectors. Thanks to the dual-fuel technology, the engine can continue to supply power, even if no renewable energy or hydrogen is available.

HydroTug, the first hydrogen tugboat

Tim Berckmoes, CEO of ABC, talks about the dual-fuel engines in the HydroTug:

“BeHydro has already received its first order for 2 x 2 MW dual-fuel engines that will be installed on board the HydroTug. This vessel is the very first hydrogen tugboat in the world, and will be deployed by the Port of Antwerp”.

In a first phase, 100 hydrogen-powered engines can be produced per year. In addition, BeHydro is developing a mono-fuel hydrogen engine that will be ready by the second quarter of 2021.

Wide range of industrial applications: from ships to trains and power generators!

Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB explains how BeHydro engines can be used:

“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!”

A 1MW BeHydro hydrogen powered engine…

… can supply green electricity to 3,000 families in Belgium.
… reduces CO2 emissions by 3,500 tons per year (or the equivalent of 300 hectares of forest).
… can be used to convert 13,600 diesel locomotives in Europe to hydrogen.
… produces as much energy as 1 wind turbine of 3 MW or 36.000 solar panels.