Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Energy Density News

Electric Fuel's New Marine Lithium Batteries

Electric Fuel, a globally recognized manufacturer of professional batteries, will present its new 12V high energy density lithium-Iron-Phosphate marine battery at the Boot Düsseldorf 2019 Show, which will take place on January 19-27, 2019.The new ELP-12V1450Wh battery was successfully tested onboard professional river boats and yachts. The impressive results led several skippers to equip their boats with the new battery during the world famous Mini-Transat La Boulangère. The trans…

Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Interview: Volvo Penta’s ‘Full Charge’ into Electric & Hybrid

Voices: Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta has a reputation for pioneering innovations in marine propulsion. To learn more about what the company has on its drawing boards we talked with Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.Please give us a snapshot of your commercial marine business in North America?Our marine commercial business in the Americas has seen great growth, and it now represents a significant portion of our business, along with our leisure marine and industrial engine segments.

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Torqeedo to Roll-out New Electric Boating Products

Torqeedo says it will display its new products for electric mobility with Torqeedo’s 2019 innovations and its full line of electric boating products in a forthcoming boat show.The makers of electric motors and hybrid drive systems will display new 100 kW motors as part of their fully integrated Deep Blue and Deep Blue Hybrid drive systems at Salon Nautique International, Paris.Twice as powerful as were previously available, these quiet, clean and low-maintenance electric drive…

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TMC to Provide Smart Air Compressors to Hyundai Mipo Dockyard

TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) has signed a contract to supply an environmentally friendly Smart Air marine compressed air system to the world’s first HFO-fuelled (heavy fuel oil) TIR III compliant ethylene carriers.TMC will provide the Smart Air compressors to Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, which is responsible for building the two new 21,000 cbm ethylene carriers to Norwegian LPG and petrochemical shipping company Solvang ASA (Solvang).In a separate contract, TMC will provide 2 x N2 (nitrogen) feed air compressors to each of the two vessels’ on-board N2 system.

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All Electric Pilot Boat Design Unveiled

Robert Allan Ltd. has developed a new all electric pilot boat for service involving short trips where the run to the ship is 5 nautical miles or less.An aluminum version of its steel predecessor, the RAlly 1600-E boasts a fully electric twin screw drivetrain and a substantial bank of high energy density batteries that are recharged from shore power. Twin small auxiliary generators give “get home” and range extension capability but are normally not running. The vessel runs quietly and emissions free and is capable of reaching speeds up to 20 knots.According to the designer…

Torqeedo Deep Blue system (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo, BMW Cooperate on Emissions-free Drive System

Around the world with BMW i and Torqeedo technology: German sailor Boris Herrmann is planning to compete for the Yacht Club de Monaco in the Vendée Globe solo, around-the-world race in 2020 with the yacht Malizia. BMW and Torqeedo plan to support Team Malizia with lightweight construction and zero-emission drive technology.BMW has a record of technology transfer between competitive sailing and automobile manufacturing through their long history of involvement in the America’s Cup.

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For Hire: Battery Hybrid PSVs

Systems integrator and equipment maker Rolls-Royce has quietly been adding hybridizing energy-storage packages to a diverse list of vessels. Yet, so, too, has one of its clients — Louisiana-based SEACOR Marine, as it reacts early to tightened emissions and energy-management standards, or EMS, for vessels plying Europe and North America. Fuel savings and energy-company clients seeking green credentials are, it turns out, just part of the upside driving battery retrofits.The fuel savings to be had for keeping thrusters on battery power are a powerful selling point, to be sure.

Experts to Highlight Viable Power and Propulsion Solutions

Automotive manufacturers including Tesla and BMW are redefining the energy possibilities for land transport. Hybrid systems are now commercially available and operating successfully in fleets around the world. Tenders for hybrid vessels are coming out with increasing frequency as historic and high profile European maritime cities including London, Paris and Amsterdam aim to reduce emissions. NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion conference is being held in Southampton, U.K. on  April 18 and 19, 2018. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event.

Hurtigruten's hybrid vessels. (Images Courtesy: Hurtigruten)

Cruise Ships & Eco-Trends in Energy Transition

Around 360 cruise vessels are operating on the ocean today, transporting thousands of passengers to both new and established locations across the world. The Cruise Boom relishing the industry in recent years has driven growth and advancement with 93 new vessels now under construction showcasing the latest technology available today. Now, the rising popularity of remote and adventurous routes such as the Polar Regions and UNESCO heritage sights has raised concerns about the impacts on marine environments and coastlines.

ABS has granted Approval in Principle to Wärtsilä for a hybrid-powered, tug design. The new design will form the foundation for Wärtsilä’s new portfolio of tug designs, known as the Wärtsilä HYTug Series. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Tech File: Propelling Hybrid Electric Solutions

Growing interest in hybrid-electric power systems is expanding the search for new propulsion and energy-storage systems in the workboat sector, where compliance with emerging environmental regulations and a relentless pursuit of operational efficiency are driving change. To meet demands for cleaner more efficient power, owners are examining the potential for less conventional methods of energy generation and storage – such as fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, super-capacitors, flywheels, wind and solar – to propel their vessels.

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Caterpillar Marine Plans LNG Test Site

With eyes on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the maritime sector, Caterpillar Marine said it will unveil a first-of-its-kind LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany where the company will aim to improve understanding of related technology and enhance its services to clients adopting LNG solutions. According to Caterpillar, the site will focus on familiarizing its personnel with LNG capabilities, testing and improving LNG components, developing LNG plants for actual operations…

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Breaking Down IMO’s 0.5% Bunker Sulfur Cap

Breaking down the challenges of the 2020 sulfur cap can be confusing. Matti Bargfried provides a primer. What has happened so far? The IMO this October voted in its 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee to globally cap the maximum amount of sulfur allowed to 0.5 percent. HFO will be further allowed (there is no mandate to disallow usage) provided it meets the set standards. Alternative measurements like scrubbers are also accepted to reduce the ship emissions.

Next Generation Marine Power: The Future Looks Bright

The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion event was held in the Grand Harbour conference venue looking out over the Port of Southampton where cruise ships, oil tankers and the world's largest container vessels ply their global trade. The event brought together a broad and unique marine industry group from the UK, EU and US. A dynamic program, including three keynote speakers and 20 presenters, highlighted the latest technology and opportunities for the maritime sector worldwide – and the future for next generation marine power certainly looks bright.

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Permanent Magnet Technology for Maritime Propulsion

Multipurpose vessels, especially those that operate primarily at part loads, have been facing pressure when it comes to making money in today’s business environment. Returning to times of big profit margins will not happen soon without finding a radically different approach. Using permanent magnet technology for electric propulsion systems is a bold and proven way to save ship owners money due to lower fuel costs, less maintenance and fewer failures. As cost pressures mount and environmental regulations become more stringent, the need for a novel and smarter approach is ever more apparent.

The vessel - Hydroxy 3000 - is a typical electrical lake vessel for private use by consumers. Together with Heig University, this vessel has been adapted to the new aluminum-air battery technology.

Electric Boat Powered by Aluminum-air Battery

Alcoa, clean technology company Phinergy and HEIG-VD University, today debuted a zero-emissions electric demo boat powered by an aluminum-air battery at Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Alcoa and Phinergy announced earlier this year that the companies are collaborating on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminum-air battery for various applications, including electric cars, electric boats and stationary energy. The aluminum-air battery used in the electric boat demonstrator contains 15kg aluminum which provides about 25 hours of additional navigation time…

Examining Glycerol as a Potential Marine Fuel

The Technology Strategy Board GLEAMS project is currently investigating technology by which marine vessels will be able to surpass the very highest regulatory standards required for sulphur and nitrous oxide emissions, as well as slashing their carbon emissions and potentially reducing fuel costs. One solution may be the use of glycerol, (commonly glycerine), as a fuel for marine diesel engines. There is a global oversupply of glycerol, a by-product of the expanding biofuel industry.

Gevo Supplies Test Fuel to USCG

Gevo, Inc. has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing. “Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol-blended gasoline is truly a drop-in fuel, deliberately designed to be fully compliant with marine fuel specifications, including fit-for-purpose properties,” said Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s chief executive officer. The U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center is using the Gevo-blended fuel as part of a 12-month, long-term operational study on marine engines that began during June.

FuelCell Energy Wins US Navy UUV Contract

FuelCell Energy Inc. awarded US$3.8-million contract by U.S. Navy to develop power system for unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of fuel cell power plants, announce a US$3.8-million contract award from the U.S. Navy to develop and test a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)-Battery power system for large displacement undersea vehicle propulsion. The objective of the project is to develop a refuelable power system, with high energy density, that is suitable for undertaking long duration underwater missions of unmanned submersibles.