MOL and e5 Lab are collaborating to develop and promote electrically powered zero emission vessels. As such, they have concluded to a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU), to perform 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 CO2, SOx, NOx, or particulate matter while underway in coastal waters or in ports. In such way, it will achieve zero emissions, as its propulsive force would come from electricity supplied by the hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries.
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When sailing 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 operate on heavy oil.
Both companies will first carry out technological and business feasibility studies of the hydrogen hybrid PCC, and when they gain positive results, they will move on to the next phase of joint development for a practical of hydrogen hybrid PCC based on the results.
MOL has worked to achieve zero emissions of vessels while in ports since it announced its future vision for the next-generation series ‘ISHIN-I’ car carrier in 2009. In 2012, it launched the world’s first hybrid car carrier, the Emerald Ace, which is equipped with the world’s largest-scale solar power generation system and batteries.
MOL and e5 Lab aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% through hybrid technology, alternate energy, hull design, and improvement in operation.