Doosan teams with Shell and KSOE for maritime fuel cell development

In a bid to commercialise the use of solid-oxide fuel cells at sea by 2025, Doosan Fuel Cell, Shell and KSOE are joining forces and plan to operate a vessel equipped with a 600 kW SOFC system as an auxiliary power unit on actual shipping routes for more than a year.

Having signed a Letter of Intent, the consortium intends to involve ship owners, ship builders and maritime classification societies in this development and demonstration project. According to the International Maritime Organization’s 2018 greenhouse gas strategy, total annual GHG emissions from international shipping should be reduced by 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.

Low-temperature SOFCs being developed by Doosan Fuel Cell are characterised by improved electrical efficiency and longer life since they are up and running at 620℃, lower than traditional running temperature by an approximate 200℃. Having completed SOFC industrialised factory layout design and site selection in the Saemangeum industrial complex last year, Doosan Fuel Cell plans to finish developing SOFC technologies and build a 50 MW factory by 2023, followed by commercialisation of stationary SOFCs in 2024 and marine SOFCs in 2025.

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