Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) reports it has developed the world’s first LNG carrier powered by solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) in collaboration with Bloom Energy, obtaining an approval in principle (AiP) from DNV
The fuel cell-powered LNG carrier replaces the ship’s propulsion engine with SOFC using naturally vaporised LNG, eliminating the need for internal combustion engines as well as various devices using oil.
As a result, no harmful substances such as sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) are generated, and greenhouse gas (CO2) can be greatly reduced, making it an eco-friendly ship that can effectively respond to stringent environmental regulations.
“We plan to conduct a demonstration test at the LNG pilot facility built at the Geoje Shipyard and launch a full-scale marketing campaign for global clients” said the South Korean shipbuilder.
“Furthermore, we are studying the possibility to extend our new concept of green technology for offshore facilities.”
The AiP is basic design approval, allowing the shipbuilder to advance designs offering the technology.
Samsung Heavy Industries Technology Development division head Jeong Ho-hyeon, said, “The fuel cell-powered vessel is a new concept that can dramatically reduce emissions as well as noise, vibration and maintenance costs by replacing the internal combustion engine with fuel cells. We will lead the international standardisation of the system.”
NYSE-listed Bloom Energy is a US-based manufacturer of SOFC technology.
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