Seoul-based fuel cell manufacturer Doosan Fuel Cell on Tuesday (11 October) said it will use complete the development and delivery of low temperature 600kW solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to provide auxiliary power for a 174,000 cubic-meter LNG carrier to be run by Shell from 2025.
The firm has signed a consortium agreement to demonstrate fuel cells for ships with Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, Shell, HyAxiom, and DNV.
Under the contract, Doosan Fuel Cell is responsible for:
Doosan Fuel Cell aims to complete the development and delivery of the marine SOFC system by 2024 and start demonstration for one year from 2025.
The shipping industry is making various attempts to replace internal combustion engines, states Doosan Fuel Cell.
Low temperature SOFCs, currently being developed by Doosan Fuel Cell, has a benefit for environment, and offers efficiency up to 65%, as well as noise and vibration reduction in addition to maintenance cost cuts.
Ammonia and hydrogen, when used to fuel marine SOFCs in the future, will enhance profitability by replacing existing marine engines as a pollution-free power source.
“We expect the consortium project to significantly reduce the carbon emission generated during ship operations,” said Carrie Trauth, SVP and Global Head of Shipping and Maritime at Shell. “We are happy to work with leading shipping companies working to decarbonize the ocean.”
“Solid oxide fuel cells are one of the promising solutions for achieving net zero in maritime,” says Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager Korea & Japan Maritime of DNV. “I’m excited to contribute DNV’s expertise to this important project with leading companies.”
“The shipbuilding and shipping industries are rapidly innovating under the two pillars of eco-friendly and digital,” said Sam-Hyun Ka, Vice Chairman of KSOE. “We expect this fuel cell ship demonstration to preoccupy next-generation eco-friendly ship technologies and accelerate marine decarbonisation.”
“Equipped with higher power efficiency and longer life than existing products, our low temperature SOFC will not only improve the efficiency of vessel operation but also accelerate net zero in maritime,” says CEO of Doosan Fuel Cell. “We will continue to cooperate closely with consortium members and complete the early demonstration so that we can lead the maritime SOFC business.”
The marine fuel cell, as a future eco-friendly energy source, is expected to expand its presence significantly around 2030 when IMO Stage 4 (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to 2008), which is currently under discussion, is implemented, forecasts Doosan Fuel Cell.
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Published: 13 October, 2022
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