MOL and e5 Collaborate to Develop Zero Emission Pure Car Carrier

BY Tiya Chatterji December 18, 2019

Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has collaborated up with compatriot shipping solutions provider e5 Lab. Inc. to conduct a joint study of a hybrid pure car carrier equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries. .

The companies aim to develop a hydrogen hybrid PCC, which do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), or particulate matter (PM) while underway in coastal waters or in ports, in other words, achieving “zero emissions,” since its propulsive force would come from electricity supplied by the hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries. While navigating in the open sea, the hydrogen hybrid PCC’s motor would be powered by an LNG-fueled generator and the large-capacity batteries, resulting in comparative lower emissions than current vessels equipped with diesel engines that run on heavy oil.

The duo will first perform technological and business feasibility studies of the hydrogen hybrid PCC, and when they achieve positive results, they will move on to the next phase of joint development for a practical of hydrogen hybrid PCC based on the results. “The hydrogen hybrid PCC concept marks a further step ahead from these past projects, and the company is pursuing the possibility of introducing more extensive and more advanced technologies with the goal of zero emissions,” MOL said.