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Samsung Heavy, LG Innotek develop 1st eco generator for ships

South Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has joined forces with compatriot tech company LG Innotek to develop the world’s first thermo-electric generator to be used on ships.

A thermoelectric power generation system is a device that converts thermal energy into electrical energy by using the characteristics of a thermo-electric material.

By attaching it to the surface of heat-generating equipment such as ship propulsion engines to produce electricity, it is possible to reduce fuel costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to the partners.

In addition, thermoelectric power generation systems do not generate any noise and harmful gas emissions, so demand is expected to increase significantly in the future.

In the future, the companies plan to test the equipment on the 174,000 cbm LNG carriers ordered by Japanese shipping company NYK Line.

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