As part of the collaboration, both the companies will carry out joint research on Corona Youthful, a 91,000t vessel owned by K Line.
To be conducted for the next three years, the research will test the durability and performance of the system in real operating conditions.
The binary cycle power generation system installed on Corona Youthful is capable of producing up to 100kw of electricity from the exhaust heat of the ship’s main ship engines.
It is designed to use the exhaust heat currently discarded largely to produce electricity to provide auxiliary power for the ship.
The system can also help cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and reduce fuel consumption by the generator engines.
The system is expected to help support the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulation that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels.
Kobe Steelin a statement said: “In 2011, Kobe Steel developed a binary cycle power generation system called Microbinary and began marketing this equipment for use on land. Kobe Steel has a proven record of delivering many units for use as heat sources in the fields of factory waste heat and terrestrial heat.
“Based on this knowledge, Kobe Steel began developing a binary cycle power generation system for ships in 2014 focusing on the waste heat from ships.
“After completing sea trials of a prototype in 2016, Kobe Steel has been continuing development of the binary cycle power generation system for ships and plans to commercialise it in the future.”
Japan-based ship classification society Nippon KaijiKyokai (ClassNK), the UK’s Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and Norway’s DNV GL have approved the binary cycle power generation system.