Hyundai is focusing on developing high-value shipbuilding, branching out into the emerging eco-friendly demands of the shipping industry. They have recently reported that they made huge leaps in developing the technology that is currently available commercially.
Hyundai has developed a rotor sail design. This is gaining traction in the shipping industry as a very viable option to reduce carbon emissions. This new system is said to be able to reduce the carbon emissions and fuel consumption by 6% to 8% when in use.
The concept of this rotor sail design comes from the science behind the Magnus effect. That being said, Hyundai explained that its design “improves the stability of the drive system compared to the belt method of existing commercial products by applying the reduction gear method to the driving part connecting the electric motor and the rotor.”
Hyundai Heavy Industries were able to express their delight last week with having their Rotor Sail system Approved in Principle from the Korean Register of Shipping. The system has been called the Hi-Rotor, which Hyundai plans to begin demonstrations with on land towards the end of 2022. They shall be actively seeking product orders based on this design approval.
It’s been rumoured that Hyundai are currently trying to develop another emission reducing technology; a wing sail wind power auxiliary propulsion device.
Joo Won-ho, head of the technology division at Hyundai Heavy Industries said, “We will take a step forward in the eco-friendly ship market by developing various eco-friendly products such as wind power-assisted propulsion devices as well as eco-friendly fuel propulsion ships such as LNG, ammonia, and hydrogen.”
Due to the global climate crisis, the South Korean government is encouraging the shipbuilding industry to turn their focus towards new technologies and high-value ships. The South Korean government is continually promoting and supporting companies in the shipping industry to advance shipping technologies. In order to promote a more sustainable seafaring industry.