When it came to designing the system, the main challenge was identifying all aspects associated with the containment and handling of low-flashpoint fuels. Feadship then had to engineer a fuel system that is both compact – remaining resilient for various fuels – and safe.
With methanol as the fuel of choice across the global seagoing shipping board, it poses the question of how to adapt to this transition in the next decade.
Feadship’s multi-fuel design is engineered with this philosophy in mind and will allow them to operate on these new fuels while maintaining compatibility with current non-fossil fuels. The Dutch yard's system will demonstrate its capability in storing methanol as a fuel and further expansion of methanol-based fuel cells will be unlocked.
Paving the path for net-zero yacht operations, its next generation of yachts will be flexible in adapting to the changing shipping fuel production and supply chain. It will mark the starting point for several Feadship new-build projects under development and "has a great potential to significantly improve energy conversion efficiencies and omit the emission of pollutants", according to the shipyard.
Mattes Kruize, director at Feadship and the Royal Van Lent Shipyard, said: “For Feadship, this is a significant step that continues on the path that we have chartered out. To confirm the safe and also viable design principles that fit the use and design of a superyacht de-risks the projects that we are starting.”
“Lloyd's Register is proud to award Feadship Approval-in-Principle for their methanol fuel system. This system has the potential to revolutionize the yacht industry by offering a sustainable and clean alternative to traditional fuels," added global yacht segment director of Lloyd’s Register Engel-Jan de Boer. "Our AiP provides confidence to yacht owners and operators that the system meets the necessary safety and performance requirements. As a trusted advisor to our clients, LR is at the forefront of the transition towards clean energy sources, providing technical expertise and guidance to shipowners, operators, and technology developers.”Read More/Sanlorenzo receives certification from Lloyd's Register for fuel cell system