MoU signed – IKTS deepens cooperation with South Korea

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On January 5th, 2022, Dr. Roland Weidl, head of the Battery Innovation and Technology Center BITC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of IKTS Institute Director Prof. Alexander Michaelis. The contractual partners are Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE). In the MoU, the cooperating parties agree on close R&D collaboration in the fields of hydrogen, fuel cells (especially SOFC), e-fuels and digitalization.

The cooperating partners at the signing ceremony in January 2022: (from left) Dr. Shi-Woong Noh (KSOE), Dr. Byeong-Yong Yoo (KSOE), Dr. Won-Ho Joo (HHI), Dr. Roland Weidl (IKTS), Dr. Sung-Joon Kim (KSOE), Dr. Tae-Young Han (IKTS).

KSOE is one of the world's largest shipbuilders and is headquartered in Ulsan, South Korea. In its own research centers, the global player pursues the further development of innovative technologies, including in the field of green ship propulsion.

"Today we are taking the first step towards a successful and outstanding collaboration for all of us, and ultimately an important step for global society," said Dr. Weidl, describing the scope of the signing. "Renewable energies are the challenge of our time, and in this cooperation, we can apply our many years of experience, particularly in the field of fuel cells."

At the signing ceremony, Dr. Sung-Joon Kim, Chief Technical Officer at KSOE, reiterated the high value that the collaboration between HHI and KSOE with Fraunhofer IKTS has for the companies. Especially as the shipbuilding and offshore industries are now moving into a zero CO2 era.

Concrete projects to implement the MoU are already in preparation.