UK fuel cell developer Ceres Power announced its South Korean partner, Doosan Fuel Cell, will jointly develop a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system with shipping company Navig8
The solid oxide fuel cell system will provide cleaner power for ships and will be based on Ceres’s proprietary SteelCell SOFC stack technology. Doosan will develop and install an SOFC power and propulsion system for one of Navig8’s 50,000-tonne chemical tankers as part of a pilot programme for commercialisation.
Doosan is seeking to expand its new SOFC business into new and innovative market applications outside stationary power markets. The maritime fuel cell is a promising clean energy source to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Marine fuel cells will contribute to compliance with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations in the industry, and Doosan’s pilot programme specifically targets meeting these new standards.
Ceres has also signed an MoU with Doosan Fuel Cell to build a 50-MW manufacturing facility to manufacture Ceres’ fuel cell stacks in South Korea under licence. Doosan plans to invest KRW72.4Bn (US$64.6M) to build a fuel cell plant with the aim of mass-producing SOFC from 2024.
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