DSME Develops Ultra-Large Crude Oil Carriers Applied With Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology developed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME).

Granting of AIP follows two joint development projects between ABS and DSME, the latest to develop SOFC technology to replace at least one of three diesel generators typically on-board a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC).

ABS is now working with DSME on future research and development areas to be carried out during detailed design and testing of the SOFC technology.

Ultra-large Crude Oil Carriers Applied With Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
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Applying greenhouse gas emission reduction technology and preempting the competitiveness of eco-friendly ship technology

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering succeeded in developing a super large crude oil carrier (VLCC) with solid oxide fuel cells It is spurring to secure technological competitiveness.

By replacing the existing generator engine with a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with the technology developed this time, power generation efficiency can be further increased and GHG emissions can be drastically reduced.

The solid oxide fuel cell is a low-carbon, high-efficiency new and renewable energy power generation facility that generates electricity through the electrochemical reaction of oxygen and hydrocarbons made by oxidizing LNG.

In this development process, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering focused on tasks such as:

  • fuel cell stack characterization
  • system volume and weight estimation
  • system ship layout
  • hazardous area setting and risk analysis
  • process simulation, and passed the strict ABS standards. And received basic approval.

“Fuel cells are an important technology in the development of next generation marine propulsion systems and can make a significant contribution to the industry’s decarbonization ambitions. We are proud to be able to support DSME in developing this system and realizing its potential,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Dong-kyu Choi, DSME Executive Vice President, said: “We have completed the conceptual design, including how to effectively deploy fuel cell systems in a limited space and utilize them safely through joint development projects with ABS, and these joint research results will serve as a cornerstone for future design and test evaluation.”

Reference: ABS / cision.com

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