Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Electric Systems News

A foil ferry designed to use battery electric propulsion (Image: Glosten)

Electric Propulsion: The Dawn of a New Generation of Marine Power?

Technological advancement is opening new doors for hybrid and fully electric vessels.In mid-2020, the U.S. Navy accepted the delivery of the USS Zumwalt, the Navy’s first full-electric power and propulsion surface combatant. The ship’s new electric propulsion plant provides favorable efficiency coupled with a reduced total cost of ownership. The design is flexible and efficient to deliver power where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Its adoption is symbolic of a maritime future and what could be in store for other marine craft…

Joe Hudspeth (Photo: BAE Systems)

Interview: Joe Hudspeth, BAE Systems

Joe Hudspeth is the Director of Business Development for Global Marine at BAE Systems in Endicott, N.Y. BAE Systems offers complete, efficient propulsion and auxiliary power systems utilizing electric technology. Hudspeth has been involved with maritime sales, marketing and product development since 2000. He currently serves as a regional co-chairman for the Passenger Vessel Association, is a judge for the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association student design competition, and frequently speaks and writes on maritime and ferry related issues. Hudspeth lives in Bellingham, Wash.

Geir Larsen will take over as the new Managing Director of Norwegian Electric Systems and will further develop the company’s position in energy design and smart control as part of the green shift. Photo: NES

Larsen Takes the Helm at Norwegian Electric Systems AS

Geir Larsen, 50, will take over as the new Managing Director of Norwegian Electric Systems and will further develop the company’s position in energy design and smart control as part of the green shift.Larsen has extensive management experience from the Norwegian maritime and marine technology industry. He has previously been at the helm of Vard Aukra, Inpower and ABAS Crane, and has also worked in aquaculture, including for the AKVA Group. Geir’s background is in electrical engineering and automation…

A 14-meter launch placed into service last year by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society has parallel diesel and electric drives consisting of twin 650 hp diesels with waterjets and dual Torqeedo Deep Blue 50 kW electric motors with 10 kWh Deep Blue lithium batteries. (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Drives Toward Marine Electromobility

The future is painted bright for companies dealing in hybrid and electric marine propulsion, as vessel owners and operators pursue cleaner technologies to comply with ever-stricter environmental regulations while also seeking ways to improve their bottom line.Case in point is Germany-based electric drives manufacturer Torqeedo, which has to date delivered more than 100,000 electric propulsion products for a wide range of recreational and commercial customers.The hybrid/electric market is one that’s ripe for growth, says Dr. Ralf Plieninger, COO and CTO, Torqeedo.

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Video: RoRo Ship to be Fitted with Tilting Rotor Sails

A RoRo cargo ship operating in the North Sea will be fitted with two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails, reducing the vessel's total emissions by as much as 25%. The Rotor Sail is essentially a modernized version of the Flettner rotor, a rotating cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship, taking some of the load off of the ship's main engines and therefore reducing fuel usage and emissions.At 35 meters tall and five meters wide, the Rotor Sails…

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Kongsberg to Equip Mystic Cruises Newbuilds

Kongsberg Maritime said it has won contracts worth approximately 300 million NOK ($32 million) to equip three adventure cruise ships, with a fourth to follow, for Portuguese cruise company Mystic Cruises.Built by WestSea Viana Shipyard in Portugal, the vessels are to be used for expeditions in the polar regions.The 126-meter, 9,300-metric-ton luxury craft will join an existing trio of sister ships to bring the fleet to seven identical vessels, the first of which – World Explorer – entered service in 2019.

Illustration of the ship’s propulsion systems with integrated LH2 tank and fuel cells.
Photo: Havyard

Prototype for Hydrogen - One Step Closer

Havyard is taking the next step towards a hydrogen system pilot for large ships. The company is entering the approval phase and has signed agreements with suppliers of  hydrogen tanks and fuel cells.If large vessels are to sail zero emission at high speed over long distances, battery solutions does not contain enough energy. Fuel cells running on hydrogen is a solution to this, and the Havyard Group, with Havyard Design & Solutions and Norwegian Electric Systems, is now conducting…

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Mobilgard for Plug-In Hybrid Vessel

ExxonMobil is supplying Mobilgard ADL 40 engine oil for Color Hybrid, Color Line’s latest addition to its fleet of ferries. The vessel is the world’s largest plug-in battery hybrid ship and was recently named ‘ship of the year 2019’ by Nor-Shipping.The vessel, which is already in service between Sandefjord, Norway, and Strömstad, Sweden, is capable of carrying 2,000 passengers and 500 cars. It combines four conventional Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45L in-line diesel engines with electric…

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Volvo Penta Powers Swedish Electric-Hybrid Ferry

Volvo Penta gensets are powering the largest electric-hybrid ferry in Sweden. The Tellus ferry operates the 1.8km-wide Gullmarsleden waterway between Uddevalla and Lysekil – one of Sweden’s busy maritime routes. We take a look at the motivations, collaborations, and technology behind this installation.The Tellus ferry was commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration and built by Baltic Workboats Shipyard – an Estonian company that’s made over 200 workboats and who currently have 30 workboats on order.

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Ferry in Estonia Upgraded to Battery-Hybrid

Norwegian Electric Systems has signed a contract with the Estonian shipbuilder Baltic Workboats to deliver upgrade of the Diesel Electric Propulsion system onboard the ferry Tõll to battery-hybrid.The ferry operator TS Laevad, a subsidiary of the listed port Company Tallinna Sadam, operates the ferry routes between Western Estonia’s major islands and mainland. The upgraded hybrid-ferry, serving the Virtsu-Kuivastu route, is expected to reduce the consumption of diesel fuel by one fifth as a result of the hybridization project.

Estonian Ferry Opts for Hybrid Retrofit

Estonian ferry company TS Laevad has signed an agreement with the Estonian shipbuilding company Baltic Workboats AS to rebuild the ferry Tõll, which operates the on the Virtsu-Kuivastu line, into environmentally friendly hybrid ship.The subsidiary of Tallinna Sadam said in a press release that during the reconstruction, a battery bank will be installed on the vessel to reduce the consumption of diesel fuel and reduce the resulting exhaust gas by replacing fossil fuel with electricity stored in battery banks.According to Jaak Kaabel…

The MAN 35/44DF engine (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

MAN Wins Order for Battery-Hybrid Dual-Fuel System

The Damen Gorinchem Holland shipyard has ordered a hybrid-propulsion solution from MAN Energy Solutions in connection with the building of 2 × dual-fuel/hybrid RoRo ferries for Canadian outfit, Seaspan Ferries Corporation. The order covers the provision of MAN 35/44DF dual-fuel engines, fuel gas-supply systems and the main electric systems, including batteries.MAN Energy Solutions will provide the solutions in association with Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), in which it has a 40% stake.

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Danfoss Editron, LAVLE and Ockerman Sign MOU

Danfoss Editron has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with American firms LAVLE and Ockerman Automation Consulting. The agreement will see both companies become non-exclusive partners for value added reselling of Danfoss Editron’s products in the USA, Canada and Mexico, with Danfoss Editron providing technical training and support to LAVLE and Ockerman in return.Danfoss Editron designs, manufactures and delivers the world’s most sophisticated electric drivetrain system for the marine, off-highway, renewables and transportation sectors.

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Battery Powered Ferry Takes Shape

Corvus Energy signed a contract with Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) for the marine world’s largest battery package to be installed on board Havila Kystruten’s coastal vessels.Corvus Energy will deliver an air-cooled ESS with Corvus’ patented single-cell thermal isolation.“The Energy Storage System has a capacity per vessel of 6,100 kWh, which is double the capacity of any existing battery-operated ferries,” says Roger Rosvold, Vice President Sales at Corvus Energy. The newbuilds…

Breakthrough vessel: the mackerel-catching new-build designed by France Pelagique and ASD Ship Design is being built and engineered by Havyard Ship Technology (Image: Havyard Ship Technology)

Odin's Eye & the Quiet Trawler

When it was time for France Pelagique to start renewing its fleet, an electric-power alliance of Dutch and Scandinavian yard interests formed up and delivered. The result was the first installation aboard a trawler of NES’s Odin’s Eye, a DC grid solution to integrate another first for trawlers — quiet-running permanent magnate, or PM, propulsion.Where to begin a fleet modernization that ends with green credentials and richer harvests? Well, there are multiple points of contact…

Volvo Penta’s chief technology officer, Johan Carlsson, and system engineer, Karin Åkman, discuss innovation for electromobility at the company’s new development-and-test laboratory in Gothenburg. (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Going Full Charge into Hybrid & All-electric Drivelines

Aiming to become a driving force in sustainable power solutions, Volvo Penta says it is going full charge into hybrid and all-electric drivelines, offering electrified solutions in both its marine and industrial segments by 2021.Volvo Penta’s chief technology officer, Johan Carlsson, and system engineer, Karin Åkman, discussed innovation for electromobility at the company’s new development-and-test laboratory in Gothenburg.By 2021, Volvo Penta will provide electrified power solutions for both its land and sea-based business segment…

Corvus Bags Five Battery Powered Ferries Contract

Corvus Energy was selected by Norwegian Electric System (NES) to supply lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for two new all-electric ferries being built by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1. The ferries will operate on the Magerholm-Sykkylven route. This follows a previous order in November 2017 to supply the ESSs for three similar newbuilt Fjord1 ferries that will operate on the Hareid-Sulesund route. Each of the five all-electric ferries, which are 111 meters in length and holds 120 cars…

Fjord1's First Battery-powered Ferry Named at Havyard

Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has christened the first battery-powered ferry ordered by transportation company Fjord1. The christening ceremony for MF Husavik was held at the yard in Leirvik in Sogn on May 14. "Havyard has met some very stringent environmental requirements and won a total of 13 contracts for the delivery of both equipment for and the building of Fjord 1's battery-powered ferries," the shipbuilder said in a press statement.The first vessel in the series, Bnr 132 MF Husavik…