Three years after CMB started developing and testing a small hydrogen-powered dual-fuel engine in 2017, the Antwerp shipping company is turning its green ambitions up a notch. Under the name BeHydro, a joint venture that CMB set up with Ghent-based engine builder ABC, it is now launching the world’s first hydrogen engine for larger ships, trains and industrial companies. The new engine has a power output of 1 megawatt, even when there is no hydrogen available – enough to supply 3,000 households with green electricity.
The fact that CMB chose to collaborate with ABC for this pivotal project is no surprise. Tim Berckmoes, CEO of ABC, explains: “There’s a lot of talk about developing environmentally friendly solutions, but here, we’re actually doing it. We have been producing engines since 1912, but this revolutionary green engine takes the cake. Our company genuinely believes in hydrogen as the fuel of the future.”