Shell and Hyundai Heavy plot marine fuel cell rollout

Shell has come onboard a Korean maritime fuel cell project. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is joining Doosan Fuel Cell and Hyundai Heavy Industries in a bid to commercialise the use of solid oxide fuel cell systems at sea by 2025. The consortium will test a 600-kilowatt system as an auxiliary power unit on actual trade routes for more than a year. The plan is to get a shipowner and a class society involved in the project soon too.

“The three-way partnership is an important starting point for Doosan Fuel Cell to speed up its marine fuel cell business and preempt the market,” CEO Chung Hyung-rak said.

Other South Korean shipbuilders including Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering are also at an advanced stage in terms of deploying fuel cells on ships.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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