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Posted by September 17, 2015

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference: Program Announced

The Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference being held at the RNLI College in Poole, U.K., October 6-8, will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities of utilizing hybrid systems. 
The aim is to identify the potential for hybrid systems for specific sectors, including diesel / electric / battery for workboats, pilot boats, survey vessels, wind farm support vessels, superyacht tenders, patrol craft, military and unmanned craft.
The two-day conference and one-day workshop is relevant to commercial operators, military operators, boat builders, refit yards, naval architects, engine manufacturers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, systems integrators, maritime legislators and government bodies.
Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Program:
  • John Price - Managing Director, JMP Systems Engineering: ‘Overview of innovation and regulation in the aerospace sector’
  • Dr. John T. Warner - Vice President, XALT Energy: ‘Applying industry best practices and lessons learned from automotive & land transport to the marine hybrid & electric market’
  • Dr. Davion Hill - Group Leader Energy & Materials Program, DNV GL: ‘Enhanced Safety with Hybrid Power in the Offshore Oil & Gas Sector’
  • Robert Hayes - Naval Architect, Frazer-Nash Consultancy: ‘Reducing the Unknowns - Exploring the benefits of accurately predicting hull resistance’
  • Bernard Twomey - Global Head of Electrotechnical Systems, Lloyd’s Register: ‘Risks associated with maritime battery installations and their mitigation’
  • Graeme Hawksley - Managing Director, Hybrid Marine Ltd: ‘Innovative hybrid systems for small craft’
  • David Adamiak - Senior Manager Business Development, BAE Systems HybriDrive: ‘Hybrid propulsion and auxiliary power systems for marine applications’
  • Christoph Ballin - Co-founder & CEO, Torqeedo Deep Blue: ‘Developing high-power integrated propulsion systems for serial production’
  • Dr. Wenzel Prochazka - Product Manager, Global Battery Management Team, AVL List: ‘Modeling and simulation of a virtual hybrid system for sub IMO vessel applications’
  • Simon Patterson - CEO, MSP Technologies: ‘Designing lightweight, modular, scalable hybrid systems for marine applications’
  • Julian Morgan - Managing Director KPM Marine: ‘Modular interior designs for reducing weight and improving fuel efficiency of vessels’
  • Robert Young - Technical Lead for Marine Applications, XALT Energy: ‘The Hour of Power - Energy storage systems implementing diesel / electric / battery solutions’
  • Dr. Dennis Doerffel - Founder & Chief Technology Officer, REAP Systems: ‘Hybird Electric Propulsion Systems - Challenges in System Integration’
  • Andy Page - Design & Project Manager, Alicat & South Boats IOW: ‘Hybrid power solutions for fast workboats and offshore energy support vessels’
Hybrid Marine conference chairman and workshop lead, John Haynes said, “Hybrid power is coming fast into the professional maritime sector. The objective of this conference is to deliver accelerated knowledge transfer that enables commercial, government and military end-users to take advantage of these new technologies. For OEM engine manufacturers, component suppliers and installers the take away knowledge from this event will be relevant to various departments including strategic product development, engineering and business development. Besides highlighting significant opportunities, the objective will be to create affiliations that share engine data, battery capabilities and work cycles for vessels.”
The Hybrid Workshop day (October 6) will focus on next generation battery technology, including lithium ion and ‘The Hour of Power’, a concept which enables diesel powered vessels to run in and out of port for an hour on electric with battery power. The workshop will examine innovative hybrid solutions to enhance conventional systems. The objective is to identify commercially viable solutions and answer core questions relating to size, weight and cost.
Day one of the Hybrid Marine Conference (October 7) ends with an RNLI engineering led tour of the new All-Weather Lifeboat Center (ALC). Opened in August 2015, the ALC enables production, maintenance and refit of the all-weather U.K. lifeboat fleet to be performed in-house and under one roof for the first time in the RNLI’s 191-year history. The ALC combines the latest technology with practical design to ensure the most efficient production cycles.
Haynes added, “The capabilities and expertise already exist in separate companies. Changes are coming fast and due to the range of technologies required it is unlikely that any one manufacturer will provide a complete system. For end user organizations the knowledge gained from these sessions will help to shape decisions that lead to procurement of next generation vessels and improvements to in-service systems.”
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