Partnership to develop semiconductor technology for integration in marine propulsion systems

Concept design of a liquefied hydrogen carrier  (Photo: HD Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering)
Concept design of a liquefied hydrogen carrier (Photo: HD Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering)

Infineon Technologies and South Korean shipbuilder HD Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of a broader project wherein the two companies will jointly develop applications for the electrification of marine engines and machinery using energy-efficient power semiconductor technology.

KSOE is already focusing on creating environment-friendly, decarbonised ship technology that uses electricity and hydrogen. The company will now cooperate with Infineon to create power solutions for propulsion drive technology, which is necessary for ship electrification.

Power semiconductors will guarantee precise control of multiple power modules, such as large-capacity propulsion drives.

Infineon will provide KSOE with technical assistance and mentoring in semiconductor power modules and system solutions, as well as share information on new semiconductor trends for marine applications.

Through the partnership, KSOE aims to enhance the reliability and the performance of marine vessels' propulsion drive technology, thereby contributing to environmental sustainability through the electrification of ships.

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