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Doosan, Shell, KSOE to start commercial marine fuel cell systems production by 2025

08 Feb 2022

Doosan Fuel Cell, Shell, and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) on Monday (7 February) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to build a consortium for developing and testing marine fuel cells.

They intend to include ship owners, ship builders and maritime classification societies in the consortium moving forward.

Doosan Fuel Cell will apply its knowledge on low temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) to:

  • Develop marine SOFC systems
  • Manufacture and supply marine SOFCs
  • Provide maintenance services

Additionally, Shell will be in charge of:

  • Shiporders and management
  • Ship operation
  • Applicability project management

KSOE will be responsible for:

  • Installing maritime fuel cells
  • Modifyingand integrating systems for marine applications

The three companies are planning to operate a vessel powered by 600kW marine SOFC as an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) over a year in shipping routes so that they can develop an optimal system.

Doosan Fuel Cell will complete its marine fuel cell systems and get the systems marine certified by 2024, with commercialisation of the systems scheduled for 2025.

The move is in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s GHG strategy which calls for total annual GHG emissions from international shipping to be reduced by 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.

“Shell is a global leading leader in the marine industry,” says Jeff Jeong, Doosan Fuel Cell CEO.

“The consortium with Shell will lay the foundation for Doosan to expedite our marine fuel cell business, thereby dominating the market. In response to call for deep cuts in greenhouse emissions from international shipping, we will remain committed to commercialising marine fuel cells in 2025.

“In addition, Doosan is determined to achieve results swiftly in our new businesses, such as mobility and hydrogen refueling stations, not to mention the SOFC development.”

“This cooperation is expected to boost maritime applications of fuel cells which will play an important role as an alternative green energy source,” says an official from KSOE. “Moving forward, we will continue to develop green marine technologies to advance further in the green shipping industry.”


Photo credit: Doosan Fuel Cell
Published: 8 February, 2022

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