Conceptual design of a vessel and containment system for transporting large quantities of hydrogen (HD KSOE)

Posted on September 15, 2023 at 5:59 pm by

Naval Executive

HD Korea Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and its subsidiaries, HD Hyundai Heavy Industry and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, working with a series of partners, have made significant progress in developing a hydrogen system for a liquefied hydrogen carrier. They are the latest to report on progress in industry efforts to develop technology that will support the transportation of hydrogen on a large scale, which is critical to its development as an alternative energy source.

DNV highlights that efficient ship transportation of large quantities of hydrogen faces many challenges. Chief among them is the complexity of keeping hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius, about 100 degrees colder than liquefied natural gas. Finding solutions to this challenge is vital, as DNV considers shipping to have an important role in unlocking the use of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of heavy industries, such as steel and cement production.

HD KSOE is working with partners including Woodside Energy, Linde Kryotechnik and Cryostar to develop new technologies. Efforts are to explore new solutions for hydrogen transport and storage, with the aim of commercializing its developments.

The new HD KSOE system uses the boiling gas produced by hydrogen transfer for a hybrid propulsion system, integrating hydrogen DF engines and fuel cells.

“This new system is expected to accelerate the development of the hydrogen charging value chain,” said Maria Gonzalez Perez, Vice President of Strategic Planning and New Energy Portfolio at Woodside Energy. “The shipyards are crucial. Through continued collaboration, we hope to develop solutions to accelerate the growth of hydrogen.”

DNV has joined the effort, stating that it believes the partnership can help build confidence and overcome the challenges of transporting hydrogen for shipping. By involving experts in cryogenics as well as producers and consumers, they hope to draw broad expertise. Shipbuilders and designers are looking to leverage their extensive experience handling LNG and other gases for shipping.

DNV recently obtained approval in principle (AIP) for the new hydrogen system. HD KSOE aims to complete the development of hydrogen carrier technology that enables large-capacity hydrogen transportation and storage by approximately 2030.

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