Samsung Heavy Industries announced on Nov. 9 that its liquid hydrogen fuel cell system for ship propulsion has received Approval in Principle (AIP) from DNV, a Norwegian classification organization.
The system uses liquid hydrogen and electricity generated by polymer electrolyte fuel cells to propel the vessel. Samsung Heavy Industries developed the system through joint research with hydrogen-related companies in Korea and received a classification certificate.
Polymer electrolyte fuel cells use polymer membranes as electrolytes. It operates at relatively low temperatures. Experts say it is suitable for mobility fields because it starts quickly and is durable even after repeated starts and stops.
To commercialize the hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system, Samsung Heavy Industries has partnered with the Hydrogen Ship Technology Center at Pusan National University, DNV, and Korean companies.