Amogy and Yanmar looking to decarbonize marine power through ammonia-to-hydrogen integration

U.S.-based provider of ammonia-to-power solutions Amogy and Japanese engine manufacturer Yanmar have teamed up to explore ammonia-to-hydrogen integration as a solution for decarbonizing marine power generation.

Illustration. Courtesy of Amogy

To this end, the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to integrate Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology into Yanmar’s hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE).

The partnership, which began in 2023 when Yanmar Ventures, Yanmar’s corporate venture capital arm, invested in Amogy, will focus on combining Amogy’s technology with Yanmar’s H2ICE to provide low-cost hydrogen fuel.

According to Amogy, the ammonia-cracking technology uses state-of-the-art catalyst materials to break down ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen at lower reaction temperatures with high durability, minimizing heating and maintenance requirements. This integration promises a comprehensive clean energy solution for decarbonizing marine power generation.

Additionally, the companies intend to explore the potential for collaboration in developing maritime hydrogen fuel cell systems.

“We are excited to work with Amogy on this innovative project,” said Ken Kawabe, Group Leader at Yanmar Research and Development Center. “Our commitment to a sustainable future aligns perfectly with this collaboration, and we believe that integrating Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology with our H2ICE has immense potential for decarbonizing marine power.”

Seonghoon Woo, CEO of Amogy, added: “As pioneers in sustainable energy solutions, we are thrilled to collaborate with Yanmar in exploring the integration of our cutting-edge ammonia-cracking technology with their hydrogen internal combustion engines. Collaboration is critical to advancing clean energy solutions and, together, we can overcome challenges and expedite sustainable progress in the marine sector.”