Oshima delivers second coal carrier with binary power generation

“K” Line and Kobe Steel will assess the performance of the binary cycle power generation system under real operating conditions “K” Line and Kobe Steel will assess the performance of the binary cycle power generation system installed in the Corona Youthful under real operating conditions

Oshima Shipbuilding delivered a new coal carrier to shipping and logistics company “K” Line on 1 February 2019. The 91,861 DWT coal carrier, the CORONA YOUTHFUL, is equipped with a binary cycle power generation system unit, an innovative system that generates electricity from the exhaust heat emitted by the ship’s main engines.

“K” Line and Kobe Steel plan to will work together on the sea trials of the system over the next three years to verify the durability and performance of the equipment under real operating conditions.

Kobe Steel has been continuing development of the binary cycle power generation system for ships and plans to commercialize it in the future.

The binary cycle power generation system was developed by a consortium including Kobe Steel, ASAHI SHIPPING and MIURA between 2014 and 2015, drawing on Kobe Steel’s previous development of a binary cycle power generation system called Microbinary for land-based applications. During sea trials in 2016, Kobe Steel confirmed that an engine output of 7,500 kW per hour generated up to 100 kW of electricity. The generated electric power will serve as auxiliary power and will reduce CO2 emissions.

The innovative system has received class approval from ClassNK, Lloyd’s Register and DNV GL.


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