Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) announced that it has succeeded in developing an LNG carrier powered by Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) in collaboration with Bloom Energy and secured approval in principle (AIP) from DNV for the engineless LNG carrier with fuel cells.
The fuel cell-powered LNG carrier replaces the ship’s propulsion engine with SOFC using naturally vaporized LNG, eliminating the need for marine internal combustion engines. It will greatly reduce polluting with no emissions of SOx, NOx, or PM.
According to SHI, it plans to conduct a demonstration test at the LNG pilot facility built art the Geoje Shipyard, located in South Gyeongsang province of Korea, and aims to launch a full-scale marketing campaign.
Jeong Ho-hyeon, Head of Samsung Heavy Industries Technology Development division, 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 standardization of the system.”