Shell and HyAxiom to run SOFC maritime pilot on natural gas vessel

Shell and HyAxiom are to test the use of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powering a deep-sea liquefied natural gas carrier.

The pilot, involving Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co, DNV and Doosan Fuel Cell Co, will test the technology’s ability to cut carbon emissions from maritime transport, one of the hardest-to-abate sectors, ahead of a proposed launch in 2025.

HyAxiom will design and develop the SOFC Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) incorporating the 2 x 300kW sub-systems for long-range maritime demonstration; DFCC will manufacture, carry out factory tests and deliver the product; Shell will charter the demonstration vessel; KSOE will assist with system integration and technological deployment; and DNV will provide technical and safety expertise.  

Jeff Hyungrak Chung, President & CEO of HyAxiom, said, “Fuel cells are a critical technology to cut carbon emissions and help us combat climate change at scale.” 

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