Doosan and Navig8 to Develop Fuel Cells for Ships

By November 10, 2020 3   min read  (597 words)

November 10, 2020 |

Doosan and Navig8 to Develop Fuel Cells for Ships
  • Signed a memorandum of understanding for joint development of fuel cells for ships with Navik 8, a global shipping company

Doosan FuelCell will develop eco-friendly fuel cells for ships in cooperation with Navig8, a global shipping company. This is a first for Doosan Fuel Cell, which has primarily focused on the power generation fuel cell business.

Doosan FuelCell announced on November 9th that it has signed a memorandum of understanding for joint development of fuel cells for ship propulsion and power generation with Navik 8, which owns more than 140 petrochemical products and crude oil carriers and is a global shipping company headquartered in Singapore.

Doosan FuelCell plans to mount a Korean-type high-efficiency solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) currently under development on a 50,000-ton petrochemical product carrier named Navic 8, and conduct a demonstration as a propulsion power and power source within the ship. Navik 8 will be in charge of various technical support for practical application along with ship design review with related organizations such as the Korean Register of Shipping.

Ship fuel cells are regarded as a future eco-friendly energy source capable of responding to ship greenhouse gas emission regulations.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced strong regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2008 by 2050 in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. Accordingly, the shipping industry is working on discovering eco-friendly energy sources such as ammonia and hydrogen, as well as using low-sulfur oil and attaching a desulfurization device.

According to Clarksons Research, an analysis agency for shipbuilding and shipping in the UK, new ship orders reach an annual average of 30 million CGT (compensated gross tonnage). If the engine is converted to fuel cells to meet IMO environmental regulations, new orders for fuel cells for ships with a total capacity of 300GW are expected by 2050.

In addition, fuel cells for ships are expected to lead to innovation in the basic design of ships as they have higher power generation efficiency compared to existing ship oils, and fuel cell modules can be freely arranged inside ships.

Yoo Soo-kyung, CEO of Doosan Fuel Cell, said, “Since the ship engine is a structure in which the shipowner directly orders the shipbuilder, cooperation with the shipowner has the advantage of stably developing commercialization. We expect to be able to drastically accelerate the process.” In addition, he added, “The fuel cell for ships will be a good alternative to the shipping industry that has to respond to environmental regulations of marine engines.” “Doosan Fuel Cell will continue to strive to promote various new businesses related to hydrogen along with entering the eco-friendly ship market.” Revealed.

Doosan FuelCell announced its plan to develop a Korean-style high-efficiency SOFC’ last month. It is currently being carried out as a national project by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy with the goal of localizing cells and stacks, which are core parts of SOFC, and mass-producing Korean SOFC systems in Korea from 2024. SOFC is one of the fuel cell power generation systems with higher power efficiency compared to other fuel cell types and is preferred in power generation environments that require power rather than heat. Doosan FuelCell plans to develop a SOFC with improved power efficiency and improved life expectancy while operating at 620℃, which is about 200℃ lower than the previous one.

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