HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. have secured Approval in Principle (AIP) from the UK’s Lloyd’s Register for their low-carbon electric propulsion system (phase II) for super-large crude oil carriers.
n particular, the 30-megawatt (MW) electric propulsion system, which leverages medium voltage direct current (MVDC) and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technologies, is designed for 300,000-ton crude carriers.
The system is anticipated to match the propulsion efficiency of larger conventional engines while achieving “net-zero” carbon emissions.
The system’s energy efficiency has improved by 20% compared to existing models, and power quality has been boosted by about 40%. Notably, this was achieved while reducing the system’s overall weight by a fifth, according to a spokesperson from HD Hyundai.
As explained, the firm has emphasized its dedication to domestic innovation, noting that key equipment and technology were developed in-house. This approach mirrors South Korea’s drive for technological self-reliance in pivotal industries.
Looking forward, HD Hyundai is targeting 2027 for a land-based demonstration of its propulsion system and is planning a full-scale commercial rollout by 2028.