Lloyd's Register (LR) has awarded Sanlorenzo approval for its methanol fuel cell system and type-C containment tank, designed to use methanol to supply power to onboard hotel systems.

LR presented the approval certificate to Sanlorenzo in a ceremony at the Monaco Yacht Show. Sanlorenzo will install the system on its 50m yacht (Hull 17150). It will be the first ever methanol fuel cell system to be installed on a yacht built in Italy. 

The system has been designed to enhance environmental sustainability and reduce carbon emissions, aligning with the industry's push towards greener alternatives. It will use fuel cell technology installed onboard supplied by hydrogen and extracted as methanol through the reforming process. 

LR supported Sanlorenzo in validating the design of the type-C fuel containment tank and methanol power supply system. The approval validates the system's compliance with internationally recognised environmental standards, solidifying its credibility in the market.

Paolo Izzo, LR’s Italy, Monaco & Malta Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “Working with Sanlorenzo on this innovative project affirms LR’s role as a trusted advisor to our clients and demonstrates our support for first movers developing solutions to reduce carbon emissions in the yachting sector. We are delighted to award Sanlorezno this approval, confirming their methanol fuel cell system meets the required safety standards.”

Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman and CEO, Sanlorenzo, commented: “Sanlorenzo is a trailblazer on the path to carbon neutrality in the yachting world: through the relentless work of our R&D department, we continue to take revolutionary steps in introducing technological systems aimed at reducing the environmental impact of yachts. We are proud to receive this approval from Lloyd’s Register, as we work together to pioneer decarbonization pathways for the yachting industry.”

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