HyMethShip system innovatively combines a membrane reactor, a CO2 capture system, a storage system for CO2 and methanol as well as a hydrogen-fueled combustion engine into one system. The proposed solution reforms methanol to hydrogen, which is then burned in a conventional reciprocating engine that has been upgraded to operate with multiple fuel types and specially optimized for hydrogen use. The drastic CO2 reduction is the result of using renewable methanol as the energy carrier and implementing pre-combustion CO2 capture and storage on the ship. The renewable methanol fuel bunkered on the ship is ideally produced on-shore from the captured CO2, thus closing the CO2 loop of the ship propulsion system.

The HyMethShip project will undertake risk and safety assessments to ensure that the system fulfills safety requirements for on-board use and that its safety is at least equivalent to that of conventional ship fuel and propulsion systems. It will also take into account the rules and regulations under development for low flashpoint fuels and is expected to contribute to regulatory development in this area.

The cost effectiveness of the system for different ship types, applications and use cases will also be assessed. For medium and long-distance waterborne transportation, the HyMethShip concept is considered to be the best approach available that achieves this level of CO2 reduction and is economically feasible. Developing this solution can help the European shipping industry maintain its global advantage as a producer of technically advanced ships and equipment.








The powerful consortium consists of 13 top-class partners from 6 EU member states. It includes 2 universities, a large engines research center, component and plant manufacturers, a shipyard, a shipping company, a classification society and renowned scientific partners. The high share of industry partners represent the complete system and guarantee that the innovations to be developed in the project will be introduced to the market and become established there.

The consortium partners at a glance

Chalmers University of Technology
Exmar Marine
Fraunhofer IKTS
INNIO Jenbacher
Graz University of Technology
LEC (Project Coordinator)
Lloyd’s Register
MUW Screentec
SSPA Sweden