Thursday, June 20, 2019

Energy News

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ABS to Class First 'Tri-fueled' Vessel for Harvey Gulf

ABS has been selected to class two Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) being retrofitted with a battery/converter system by Harvey Gulf International Marine.The Harvey Energy will become the first ABS-classed dual fuel and battery vessel and the first U.S. flagged OSV equipped with a battery/converter system. The Harvey Supporter will become the second vessel in the Harvey Gulf fleet to have a battery power system.The battery installation, which is expected to achieve the ABS class notation ESS-LiBATTERY…

Concept Design Ammonia Carrier. Image: C-Job Naval Architects

Research: Ammonia as Marine Fuel Feasible

According to research by C-Job Naval Architects, Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry.The research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping. It shows ammonia can be used as marine fuel if a number of safety measures are included in the design.

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Carbon Trust: Contest to spur Emission Reduction Tech

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) launched a competition to accelerate the development of technologies with the potential to reduce vessel emissions and fuel consumption.Up to $127,000 in funding will be awarded to the winning technologies, from a total funding pot of $381,000, to support technology development or demonstration.The OWA Low Emission Vessels competition will focus on innovations for Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs). Designs submitted to the competition will be assessed for overall cost…

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Fuel Futures: Diesel Will Spike on IMO2020

New marine fuel rules to boost diesel prices for at least a year -analystsGlobal prices for diesel and marine fuels should rise by October ahead of a January switchover to new, very low-sulfur marine fuels, and remain higher for at least a year as refiners shift production to make more of the new fuels, analysts said.Marine fuels containing no more than 0.5% sulfur by weight, down from the 3.5% currently used, to power ocean-going vessels will be required for ships without exhaust scrubbers on Jan.

Dirk Balthasar, President, Thermamax

Interview: Dirk Balthasar, President, Thermamax

To start, can you give an overview of the Thermamax offering to the maritime industry?Thermamax is a specialist in the design and manufacture of thermal and acoustic insulation solutions for diesel engines, spark ignited engines, exhaust aftertreatment systems and electric storage systems. Our markets include automotive, on- and off-highway sectors, power sports vehicles, stationary power generation, ships, and oil platforms, both on land and at sea. For the marine industry, Thermamax is a solution provider for SOLAS-compliant insulation solutions for engine rooms.

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First LNG Bunker Vessel Coming in 2020

Wärtsilä was tapped to supply an integrated package of sustainable solutions for China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2020.The ship is being built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for an affiliate of the ENN Energy holdings, one of the largest users of LNG in China. It has been designed by China Ship Design & Research Center Co. Ltd. Wärtsilä will provide the vessel’s cargo handling system, the Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine…

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SANDIA: New Look at Old Data for Cleaner Engines

Sandia National Laboratories reportedly has new insights about how to understand and ultimately control the chemistry of ignition behavior and pollutant formations. “Our findings will allow the design of new fuels and improved combustion strategies,” said Nils Hansen, Sandia researcher and lead author of the research. “Making combustion cleaner and more efficient will have a huge impact, reducing energy use around the globe.”The work, which focuses on the chemical science of low-pressure flame measurements…

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CMR NatGas Sensing Capability Debuts at CIMAC

New fuel management technology from CMR Group, the automation and control system specialists for global power applications, will feature at CIMAC 2019.The NIRIS (Near Infrared Intelligent Sensor) Natural Gas sensor has been introduced to reduce consumption levels of natural gas-powered engines provide by the real time measurement of fuel quality.The sensor, which is directly connected to the gas feeder pipeline, is built around smart infrared hardware and data treatment software and features a CAN bus communications facility…

PBES, Sterling & Wilson Announce Partnership

Marine energy storage and battery company PBES and power generation company Sterling and Wilson have has announced a strategic partnership agreement. The agreement, which involves Sterling and Wilson acquiring a significant portion of PBES equity, provides a vehicle to stabilize PBES and move the company forward in its marine electric and hybrid energy storage business, while providing a critical and strategic component in Sterling and Wilson’s portfolio.The PBES energy storage…

Graphical rendering of the new fishing vessel (picture courtesy NSK)

MAN Cryo Wins Hybrid Gas-Battery Contract

MAN Cryo – MAN Energy Solutions’ marine LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer – has announced that it will supply an LNG fuel-gas supply system to a Norwegian live-fish carrier ordered by Nordlaks, one of Norway’s largest aquaculture companies.The new vessel will be a sister to an identical vessel ordered during the summer of 2018 – again for Nordlaks – for which MAN Cryo also won the order to provide the fuel-supply system. The system forms part of an innovative, hybrid gas-battery propulsion solution – a first for the segment.Designed by NSK in Norway…

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ABB to Modernize Ferry with Hybrid Conversion

ABB will convert the 1965-built ferry San Cristoforo for hybrid operation by fitting it with an electric power and propulsion system, helping reduce emissions and increase overall energy efficiencyThe conversion of San Cristoforo, a 386-tonne passenger and car ferry sailing in Lake Maggiore in Italy, will see an installation of a complete power and propulsion system that will enable the vessel’s operation in hybrid and zero-emission modes. The turnkey modernization utilizes ABB’s solutions including batteries and energy storage control system.The ferry…

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Alfa Laval's PureSOx Water Cleaning System

Alfa Laval PureSOx gives customers the option of scrubbing in closed loop, either by choosing a fully equipped hybrid system or by installing a hybrid-ready system that can be upgraded for closed-loop operation later. With the launch of a modular new PureSOx water cleaning system (WCS), these possibilities become even more attractive. Though few in number and limited in scope, local bans on open-loop scrubbing have intensified the interest in hybrid scrubber solutions with closed-loop functionality.

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Kongsberg Wins LNG, Battery Propulsion Contract

Kongsberg Maritime will supply a Power & Propulsion System for a new LNG powered multi-purpose cargo vessel of design MM85CC LNG by Multi Maritime.The clean and efficient Kongsberg Maritime propulsion system features a Bergen B36:45L6PG gas engine and LNG control and safety system, a Promas controllable pitch propeller and rudder system, together with a battery pack to enable periods of emission free operation in ports and environmentally sensitive areas.The 3,500dwt vessel is currently under construction at Tersan Shipyard, Turkey, for Norwegian ship owner Egil Ulvan Rederi AS.

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ABB Expands Azipod Range for Ferries, RoPax

ABB extends the power range of Azipod propulsion to enable ferry and RoPax operators improve operational efficiency and reduce emissionsSince its launch in 1990, Azipod electric propulsion has become the industry standard for a wide range of vessel segments ranging from smaller crafts to icebreakers capable of independently operating in the harshest conditions.In response to customer requests, ABB has filled the gap between the low and high-power range of Azipod propulsors with the launch of a new series available in 7.5-14.5MW.

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.

Concept illustration of Onboard Microgrid installed on a ferry (Photo: ABB)

ABB Launches Onboard Microgrid

ABB releases compact size DC-based power distribution system to offer hybrid power efficiencies to smaller vessels.The newly launched Onboard Microgrid is based on the principles of ABB’s award-winning power distribution system Onboard DC Grid with the proven ability to enable up to 20% energy efficiency in larger vessels. With the launch of the new compact-size solution, ABB makes similar efficiencies achievable for smaller, lower-power vessels operating over short distances.

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CMR Debuts Natural Gas Sensing Capability

New fuel management technology from CMR Group, the automation and control system specialists for global power applications, will feature at CIMAC 2019.The NIRIS (Near Infrared Intelligent Sensor) Natural Gas sensor has been introduced to reduce consumption levels of natural gas-powered engines provide by the real time measurement of fuel quality.The sensor, which is directly connected to the gas feeder pipeline, is built around smart infrared hardware and data treatment software and features a CAN bus communications facility…

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WE Tech Delivers Hybrid Propulsion Solution

WE Tech Solutions Oy (WE Tech) has been awarded the contract for delivery of an avant-garde Hybrid Electric Propulsion solution to Rauma Marine Construction Oy (RMC).The solution includes Propulsion drives, Energy Storage System (battery banks and DCDC converters), Main Propulsion Switchboards, Shore connection switchgears, Energy Management System and the Propulsion Control System. WE Tech and RMC will together bring Wasaline’s new RoPax ferry to the next level of sustainable shipping. The new ferry is being built by RMC in Rauma Finland and is scheduled for delivery in May 2021.