Samsung Heavy Industries will develop is an LNG carrier powered by Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC).
he fuel cell-powered LNG carrier does not require an internal combustion engine or other equipment that uses oil by replacing the ship’s propulsion engine with an SOFC using LNG.
In September 2019, Samsung Heavy Industries received approval for the design of a fuel cell crude oil carrier from DNV, and in July 2020, it signed a joint development business agreement with Bloom Energy.
SHI plans to conduct a demonstration test at the LNG demonstration facility built at the Geoje Shipyard, and launch a full-scale marketing for global ship owners.
Ho-Hyun Jeong, head of Samsung Heavy Industries’ technology development division, commented:
A fuel cell powered vessel is a new concept vessel that can dramatically reduce air pollutant emissions as well as noise and vibration and maintenance and repair costs by replacing an internal combustion engine with a fuel cell