As Daewoo Shipbuilding has won the go-ahead for the ammonia-powered ships, South Korea’s three shipbuilders — Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding — have gotten closer to building the eco-friendly ships.
Daewoo Shipbuilding plans to commercialize the ammonia-fueled 23,000 TEU container carrier by 2025, the company said in an emailed statement.
Ammonia is a compound of two elements – hydrogen and nitrogen – which can be bonded together easily using the Haber-Bosch process. The method uses large-scale air separation methods to produce the required level of nitrogen atoms, while the hydrogen is produced by electrolysis of clean water. Thanks to the abundance of the sources for hydrogen and nitrogen, ammonia is a fully renewable fuel alternative that could be produced in great capacities with the overcapacity of wind and solar power.
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