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Doosan Fuel Cell, KSOE to jointly develop SOFCs for ships

All News 14:48 March 18, 2021

By Nam Kwang-sik

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean fuel cell maker Doosan Fuel Cell Co. said Thursday that it will team up with Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co. (KSOE) to develop solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), energy conversion devices that generate electricity, to be used for ships.

Under a preliminary deal with KSOE, the subholding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co. (HHIH), Doosan Fuel Cell will design and produce fuel cells, while KSOE will develop technologies to apply the fuel cells to ships, the company said in an emailed statement.

Two officials from Doosan Fuel Cell Co. and KSOE hold a business agreement to jointly develop solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), energy conversion devices generating electricity, to be used for ships on March 18, 2021, in this photo provided by the fuel cell maker. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Doosan Fuel Cell is a unit of Doosan Group, and KSOE owns three shipbuilders -- Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co.

SOFCs are known as a key technology to reduce emissions of ships.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce the emission levels of ships by 30 percent by 2025 and by 70 percent by 2050 compared with 2008.

Last October, Doosan Fuel Cell announced its 72.4 billion-won (US$64.4 million) investment plan to build an SOFC plant with the aim of starting commercial production of the fuel cells by 2024.

To that end, the company signed a deal with British SOFC maker Ceres Power to develop SOFCs.

Doosan Fuel Cell revised up its sales target to 1.5 trillion won in 2023 from 1 trillion won.

This image, provided by Doosan Fuel Cell on Nov. 10, 2020, shows fuel cells for a ship to be developed by the fuel cell maker in cooperation with Singaporean shipper Navig8. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The South Korean fuel cell maker signed an initial deal with Singaporean shipper Navig8 to develop SOFCs for ships in November last year.

Under the deal, Doosan Fuel Cell will develop the SOFCs for 50,000 ships of Navig8, while the Singaporean shipping company will provide technologies to mount SOFCs on ships.

ksnam@yna.co.kr
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