SHI and Bloom Energy sign agreement for fuel cell-powered ships

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Bloom Energy have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to design and develop fuel cell-powered ships.

In a statement published yesterday (29 June), the two companies said they aim to present a design to potential customers in 2022. They anticipate that, following commercialisation, ‘the market for Bloom Energy Servers on SHI ships could grow to 300 megawatts annually’.

‘The marine shipping industry has the ability to make a substantial impact on emissions and air quality at ports and across our planet,’ said KR Sridhar, founder, chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy. “We see a collaboration with one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, SHI, as a moment to make measurable strides in reducing emissions and extending our mission for clean, reliable energy to the seas.’

The new JDA between SHI and Bloom Energy follows on from an Approval in Principle (AiP) for fuel cell-powered Aframax crude oil tankers from DNV GL announced in September 2019 – when the two company first unveiled plans to work together.  SHI and Bloom Energy said that the next class of ship to be submitted for design approval will be an LNG carrier.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes