Korea Shipbuilding to work for DNV GL’s AIP for solid oxide fuel cell
Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) has obtained approval from the DNV GL classification society in principle for its Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power generation system design.
On November 23, the presentation ceremony was held at the KSOE office in Ulsan, South Korea.
Some portions of the 3MW power motors on the Aframax tanker have been replaced with SOFCs in the power generation system. According to KSOE, greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions from SOFCs can be decreased by more than 40% and emissions of environmental contaminants such as SOx and NOx can be reduced.
Furthermore, with its own integrated design and on-board configuration of fuel cell power generation systems, KSOE increased room utilization by 12 percent.
Fuel cell systems, along with battery and wind-assisted propulsion systems, have great potential to help ships minimize their emissions in line with the IMO decarbonization goals.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), another South Korean shipbuilder, is working on the use of solid fuel oxide cells.
DSME signed a joint development project with the ABS classification society earlier this week to replace SOFC with at least one of the three diesel generators normally on board a very large crude carrier (VLCC).
It is the second SOFC-focused JDP between ABS and DSME, revealing the high efficiency of a SOFC and gas turbine hybrid system due to the re-use of hot exhaust off-gas with the first collaboration in 2019.
Maritime Business World