The Anonymous Widower

New Four Stroke Engine: Turning Hydrogen Sceptics Into Believers

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Riviera Maritime Media.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A new medium-speed, dual-fuel engine will underpin the use of hydrogen as fuel for coastal shipping and cold ironing applications.

Coastal shipping I understand, but what is cold ironing?

Thank heaven for this Wikipedia entry, which has this introduction.

Cold ironing, or shore connection, shore-to-ship power (SSP) or alternative maritime power (AMP), is the process of providing shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.

The article says this under a heading of Cleaner Cold Ironing.

Mr Saverys believes ports can also benefit from using Behydro engines for cold ironing applications: “We actually think that a mobile electricity solution along the quay is much, much cheaper and more flexible than pulling electricity cables at every single terminal.”

He envisages the mobile solution as either land-based or barge-based: “More and more, we have to go to zero emissions in port. In Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp, we realised we should look at a more flexible and cheaper solution.”

The article also says that the dual fuel (hydrogen and diesel) engines have marine, rail and power generation applications and they can build engines up to 10 MW.



September 24, 2020 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. I iron with a lovely Philips steam generator iron, I love it. That and my ironing board – they have to be a particular type for that sort of iron – live in the room I sew in. I am a crap ironer, and this iron helps. My husband irons his clothes, he has always ironed his clothes because he learnt to iron in Royal Navy. He uses different board and different iron. When our girls were growing up they were taught to iron by Neil and if they ever wanted something ironing they always asked me and not Neil. I have ironing to do today in fact. I also have an old Victorian flat iron, but I don’t use that. It is on top of the kitchen units as decorative feature along with all manner of strange things I have inherited.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | September 24, 2020 | Reply

  2. Has Neil heard of the term cold ironing before from the Navy?

    Comment by AnonW | September 24, 2020 | Reply

    • This is what Wikipedia says about the origin of the term.
      Cold ironing is a shipping industry term that first came into use when all ships had coal-fired engines. When a ship tied up at port there was no need to continue to feed the fire and the iron engines would literally cool down, eventually going completely cold, hence the term cold ironing.
      Can’t argue with that logic! But, to create a verb out of that to describe shore power is rather stretching the English language, although that is all too common these days.

      Comment by James Martineau | September 24, 2020 | Reply

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