Shell and Hyundai Heavy Industries have joined hands to work on fuel cell research and development to provide fuel cells for ships with Shell, DNV, Doosan Fuel Cell, and Hyaxiom.
As per the agreement signed, Hyundai will use a 600 KW high-efficiency solid oxide fuel oil for power generation on a 174,000 cu m LNG carrier for Shell from 2025. The Shell LNG carrier will use these fuel cells as a secondary power unit system and will be on trial for one year on an actual trade route. Hyundai is also developing its SOFC technologies for fuel cell development projects.
Karrie Trauth, SVP of Shell stated that this collaboration and the technology being developed will help deliver less carbon-intensive operations and will open a new venue for a net-zero blending of conventional and alternative fuels until the achievement of zero-carbon options.
Shell is also busy working on other fuel projects, one in Norway and another in South Korea.