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Technology to Ship Hydrogen Ready by 2025, KSOE Says

Jan 12, 2022 • MarineLink

KSOE expects hydrogen tankers to be commercialized between 2025 and 2027

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), the shipbuilding arm of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, one of the world’s biggest shipbuilders, has developed a concept ship for transporting liquid hydrogen and expects to have the technology to transport hydrogen by ship by 2025.

Although small at 20,000 cubic meters compared with the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supertankers – which can carry up to 266,000 cubic meters – the company anticipates that hydrogen tankers will grow in size as the technology develops.

Around 20 ships with a 20,000 cubic meters capacity are expected to be built in the decade starting in 2030. In South Korea, industry forecasts that number could increase to 200 larger vessels of 170,000 cubic meters after 2040 as demand grows.

“We foresee the global hydrogen market will grow rapidly after 2030 and demand for ships will grow accordingly,” said Yoo Byeong-yong, Vice President with KSOE Energy System Research Institute.

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Note: One cubic meter of liquid hydrogen weighs 70 kilograms. At 20,000 cubic meters, KSOE’s proposed transport ship would carry 140,000 kilograms, or 140 tons, of liquid hydrogen. It is not clear from the article the distance that the ship will transport this hydrogen, or at what speed the ship will sail. Traveling at 170 miles per hour, the H2 Clipper will transport 140 tons of liquid hydrogen 2,000 miles in less than 12 hours.