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MOL and e5 Lab Launch Study on Hydrogen Hybrid Pure Car Carrier – MOU Aims at Development of Zero-emission Vessels

By December 17, 2019 2   min read  (190 words)

December 17, 2019 |

MOL e5 lab carrier

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) and e5 Lab. Inc. (e5 Lab; President: Tomoaki Ichida; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), which are working to develop and promote electrically powered zero-emission vessels, have concluded a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to conduct a joint study of a hybrid pure car carrier equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries (hydrogen hybrid PCC).

The companies aim to develop a hydrogen hybrid PCC, which do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), or particulate matter (PM) while underway in coastal waters or in ports, in other words, achieving “zero emissions,” since its propulsive force would come from electricity supplied by the hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries.

[ Image: Transition of propulsive force sources during voyage ]

MOL e5 lab carrier Image

(**) Companies aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% through hybrid technology, alternate energy, hull design, and improvement in operation, etc.

When navigating in the open sea, the hydrogen hybrid PCC’s motor would be powered by an LNG-fueled generator and the large-capacity batteries, resulting in significantly lower emissions than current vessels equipped with diesel engines that run on heavy oil.

 

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