KRISO launched Greenship 3170 Project Promotion Team to lead eco-friendly ship research
- Focuses on developing eco-friendly ships with target of reducing carbon emissions by 70% by 2031 -
□ On 24th, the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO led by President Booki Kim) announced the launch of the Greenship 3170 Project Promotion Team, which aims to strengthen the institute's R&D capabilities for eco-friendly ship technology.
□ Late last year, the preliminary feasibility study plan for the full-cycle innovative eco-friendly ship technology development project (hereinafter referred to as the "Greenship 3170 Project"), worth 1 trillion won, in which KRISO participated, passed the technology feasibility evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Science and ICT. The Greenship 3170 Project Promotion Team was then launched as part of the effort to prepare for the practical implementation of the project.
□ The Greenship 3170 Project supports the full cycle from eco-friendly ship technology development to its commercialization, which encompasses key eco-friendly ship technology development, testing and evaluation technology development, acquisition of offshore demonstration and operation data, standardization, and law and regulation improvement. The project aims to develop and commercialize technology that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 70% or more by 2031.
□ The promotion team serves to support the planning of the preliminary feasibility study for the Greenship 3170 Project while engaging relevant domestic institutions and businesses in the process. The team is composed of 13 experts with doctoral and master's degrees in eco-friendly ships and headed by of Dr. Hee Jin Kang of KRISO.
□ The International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the UN has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 50% or more from 2008 levels by 2050. These recent changes in the international maritime environment are considered to shape the future landscape of the shipbuilding industry. In the meantime, the government enacted the Act on Promotion of Development and Distribution of Environmentally-Friendly Ships (Environmentally-Friendly Ship Act) in January 2020 and jointly announced basic implementation plans for the act with all relevant agencies and departments in December 2020.
□ As the country's only government-funded research institute dedicated to ships and maritime activities, KRISO aims to serve as a command center that guides eco-friendly ship development. To this end, in addition to launching the Greenship 3170 Project Promotion Team, the institute decided to promote the Alternative Fuels and Power System Research Center, which was established to facilitate the development of batteries, fuel cells, and propulsion control systems last year, from a department level to a research division level in an effort to more effectively respond to global R&D competition.
□ Booki Kim, the President of KRISO, said, "The technological trends of the shipbuilding industry are rapidly shifting from focusing more on fluid and structural performance towards smart and eco-friendly technology. We will exert our best efforts to develop key eco-friendly ship technology and infrastructure to better compete in the industry where technology development is dominated by a few leading countries, increasing the entry barriers over time. This effort will contribute to making our shipbuilding industry even more competitive going forward."
□ KRISO is also jointly developing fully-electric passenger and vehicle ships (1MW) that operate solely on batteries with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. With these joint efforts, along with the support from relevant domestic businesses and institutions, we are now one step closer to the development, application, and localization of fuel-cell propulsion technology.