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ABS AND DSME TO DEVLOP FUEL CELLS FOR VLCC

ABS AND DSME TO DEVLOP FUEL CELLS FOR VLCC

Friday, November 27, 2020 

ABS and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) have signed a joint development project (JDP) to use Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology to replace at least one of three diesel generators typically on-board a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC).

This is the second SOFC focused JDP between ABS and DSME, with the first collaboration in 2019 revealing the high efficiency of a SOFC and gas turbine hybrid system due to the re-use of hot exhaust off-gas.

“SOFC systems have significant potential for applications in maritime transport and we are excited to be able to support this project, which will advance the industry’s understanding of their possibilities. The work builds on our experience from the first collaboration. Together ABS and DSME are shaping the vessels of tomorrow,” said ABS Darren Leskoski, North Pacific Regional VP, Business Development.

“This JDP will contribute to gain knowledge on safe use and accommodation of a fuel cell system with constraints of space on the ocean going vessels, benefitting maritime sectors seeking green technology for electricity and propulsion,” said Il Guk Woo VP Naval and Energy System Research and Development Institute, DSME.

In this latest JDP, both DSME and ABS will review the feasibility of a SOFC System being installed on a VLCC. DSME will select the particular type of VLCC for the study, considering analysis of load requirements, emission control zone, stack characterisation and system footprint prediction as well as simulation of process flow and arrangement of the system on the vessel and risk analysis. ABS will review the findings and evaluate safety issues arising from the arrangement of the system with respect to existing structures and equipment of the vessel in accordance with ABS Rules and Guides. Ultimately, DSME intends to seek ABS Approval for the design.

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