California-based clean energy company Bloom Energy has partnered with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), part of the Samsung Group, to collaboratively design and develop ships powered by Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell technology.
Through the partnership, SHI aims to be the first shipbuilder to deliver large cargo ships that are powered by fuel cells running on natural gas.
The company’s decision to switch to fuel cells will help them achieve the 50% emissions reduction target, compared to 2008 levels, that the International Maritime Organisation set for all shipbuilders to achieve by 2050.
“As regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions take effect step-by-step, the introduction to fuel cells to vessels is inevitable,” said Kyunghee Kim, Vice-President of SHI Outfitting Engineering Team.
SHI has already received Approval in Principle from the DNV GL, an internationally accredited marine shipping registrar and classification society, in collaboration with Bloom Energy to proceed with a fuel cell-powered ship design for Aframax crude oil tankers.
“It is a meaningful GHG emissions reduction measure to apply Bloom Energy’s fuel cell system to SHI’s new Aframax design,” said Hwa Lyong Lee, Vice-President of Regional Business Development of Maritime at DNV GL.
“Bringing the Bloom Energy Server’s transformative clean technology to the shipping industry provides us with a tremendously exciting opportunity to accelerate the decarbonisation of another vital sector of the global economy,” said KR Sridhar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy.