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South Korea: Samsung Heavy Industries to develop fuel cell-powered LNG carrier

13 Jul 2021

Samsung Heavy Industries on Wednesday (7 July) said it has developed a liquified natural gas (LNG)  carrier powered by Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) for ships jointly with Bloom Energy of the United States and obtained Basic Design Approval (AIP) from DNV, a Norwegian-German classification society.

The fuel cell-powered LNG carrier developed by Samsung Heavy Industries is an innovative method that does not require an internal combustion engine or other equipment that uses oil by replacing the ship’s propulsion engine with an SOFC using naturally vaporised LNG.

Therefore, it does not generate harmful substances such as sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and it can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas (CO2); so it is evaluated as an eco-friendly ship that effectively meets stringent environmental regulations.

In September 2019, Samsung Heavy Industries received approval for the basic design of a fuel cell-applied crude oil carrier from DNV.

Samsung Heavy Industries is planning to conduct a demonstration test at the LNG demonstration facility built at the Geoje Shipyard, and plans to launch full-scale marketing for global ship owners.

Ho-Hyun Jeong, head of Samsung Heavy Industries’ technology development division, said, “The fuel cell-powered vessel is a new concept vessel that can dramatically reduce air pollutant emissions as well as noise and vibration and maintenance costs by replacing an internal combustion engine with a fuel cell.” 

Meanwhile, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee decided to reduce carbon emissions in stages by introducing the Existing Ship Energy Efficiency Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Index (CII) to ships from 2023, the demand for eco-friendly ships is expected to increase further.

Related: Samsung Heavy Industries, Bloom Energy partner on fuel cell tech


Photo Credit: Bloom Energy
Published: 13 July, 2021

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