Lürssen in Monaco, AHPO and fuel cells research

In addition to the exhibition of superyacht AHPO, Lürssen informs their visitors about topics such as Fuel Cell Technology at their stand. Visitors can take a virtual tour of the Innovation Lab where Lürssen is testing the fuel cell or have a unique model explain how a fuel cell works that is powered by hydrogen reformed by methanol.

Last year Lürssen announced the building of their first yacht with fuel cell technology as well as the set-up of an Innovation Laboratory at their yard in Bremen.


The Innovation Laboratory is a demonstration facility to simulate and test the integration and operation of a Marine Hybrid Fuel Cell System on board a yacht powered by methanol.

The fuel cell was integrated into the Innovation Lab this summer and has already successfully completed the first test runs. Under real-life ambient conditions and with all required auxiliary systems this demonstration plant can be considered to be the final preparation to bring fuel cells on board a yacht successfully.

Lürssen has committed to a strategic partnership with Freudenberg, one of the leading experts for maritime fuel cells and a global technology group with around 50,000 employees in 60 countries. An essential milestone in maritime fuel cell technology is that Freudenberg has recently received type approval from RINA. The safety concept thus conforms to the IMO Interim Guideline and is approved for use on all types of ships. This is also the world’s first type of approval for a maritime fuel cell system with integrated fuel reforming for the fuel type methanol.

Peter Lürssen says: “With Freudenberg e-Power Systems we have a strong partner at our side. We both have the aim to bring fuel cells on-board ships in the near future and revolutionise the yacht’s energy and propulsion system. The innovation laboratory will definitely bring us a step closer to a CO2 emission-free Lürssen yacht.”

(Lürssen in Monaco, AHPO and fuel cells research with Rolls-Royce – barchemagazine.com – September 2022)