Samsung, Bloom Energy to build ships powered by solid oxide fuel cells

An SHI-built Aframax tanker

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and US-based Bloom Energy are set to collaborate on the design and development of ships powered by solid oxide fuel cell technology.

The first vessels slated to be developed by the two companies will be a new class of Aframax crude oil tankers, which recently received approval in principle (AIP) from DNV GL.

Mr Lee Hwa Lyong, vice president of Regional Business Development, Maritime at DNV GL, said that each of the new SHI-built Aframax tankers will be equipped with a propulsion system combining conventional generator engines with the new fuel cell technology, both of which will use LNG as fuel.

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