A consortium of big industry names including energy major Shell and South Korea’s Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) are to trial the use of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) on an LNG carrier over the course of a year in 2025.

The grouping, which also includes Doosan Fuel Cell, its fuel cell specialist subsidiary HyAxiom, and classification society DNV, signed the agreement on the demonstration project in Korea today.

Under this, KSOE yard Hyundai Heavy Industries Group will use a 600KW high-efficiency SOFC for power generation on a 174,000 cubic-meter LNG carrier to be run by Shell from 2025.