27 Oct 2020

Hyundai Glovis to Develop World's First Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier

27 Oct 2020  by Jung Min-hee   

Hyundai Glovis has begun developing a large liquefied hydrogen carrier in cooperation with Hyundai Heavy Industries Group.

Hyundai Glovis and Hyundai Heavy Industries Group announced on Oct. 22 that a basic design for a 20,000-cubic-meter commercial liquefied hydrogen carrier jointly developed by the two sides has won approval in principle (AIP) from the Korean Register of Shipping and the Liberian Registry. This is the first design to build a large liquefied hydrogen carrier for commercial operations.

In May, Hyundai Glovis began to draw a basic design for a liquefied hydrogen carrier as a joint project with Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, both of which are affiliated with Hyundai Heavy Industries Group. The company intended to combine its hydrogen supply chain management platform with Hyundai Heavy Industries Group's shipbuilding technology to create synergies.

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering has developed a liquefied hydrogen cargo handling system and a hydrogen evaporation gas treatment system based on fuel cells, while Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has drawn the basic design for the ship. Hydrogen is currently being transported in the form of gas. A liquefaction process that reduces hydrogen’s volume and increases its safety is vital to the mass transportation of hydrogen.

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