Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hybrid Port Energy News

ABS: New Guidance on Energy Storage

ABS has published The ABS Guide for Use of Supercapacitors in the Marine and Offshore Industries (Supercapacitor Guide) to support safe application of hybrid power in the marine and offshore industries. The maritime industry is increasingly interested in using supercapacitors as an energy storage solution when quick energy delivery is required during a peak loading condition. Particularly, offshore supply vessel (OSV) owners are considering supercapacitors to supplement energy supply during high-load operations, such as using power thrusters for dynamic positioning while station keeping.

LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL in the port of Hamburg (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying lower mission power to the AIDAsol this year. The cruise ship has already made three calls since the middle of May and will have made a total of 16 stops at the Hafencity terminal by October. Operations of the HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge have started up again at the beginning of the new cruise ship season. “Due to some restrictions making the work more difficult…

3D Illustration of the LNG Hybrid Barge

Keel Laid for First LNG Hybrid Barge

The keel laying of the world’s first LNG hybrid barge took place at a ceremony held at the SAM Shipbuilding & Machinery shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia. In the presence of representatives of the shipyard, AIDA Cruises, Becker Marine Systems and Hybrid Port Energy (a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems and the barge shipping company), the laying of the keel was carried out following the tradition of placing a coin on the keel block prior to lowering the first section. The start of cooperation between Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises preceded this keel-laying in the summer of 2012…

Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company’s multifunctional vessel OV Bøkfjord is equipped with an environment-friendly hybrid system (Photo: Rolls- Royce)

Partners Launch Zero Emissions Ferry Project

By combining existing technologies in a new way, it is possible to build ferries that represent a quantum leap for the environment. That is the idea behind a new R&D project involving four major players in the maritime sector: Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The project has now received a NOK 5.9 million grant from the Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX program. The ‘Zero Emission Ferry’ project is intended to result in a new electrical system that not only provides more efficient power output and stable operations…

the LNG Hybrid Barge

Relief for the Environment: LNG Hybrid Barge

Together with AIDA Cruises, Becker Marine Systems presents an environmentally-friendly solution for supplying power to cruise ships lying in port: the LNG Hybrid Barge. In close cooperation with AIDA Cruises, one of the leading cruise lines in matters of environmental technology, and partners SCHRAMM group GmbH & Co. KG, Ingo Schlüter GmbH & Co. KG, EON Hanse Wärme GmbH, Bureau Veritas as well as Gasnor AS, Becker Marine Systems has developed the LNG Hybrid Barge as an environmentally-friendly and low emission solution for supplying power to cruise ships lying in port.

Photo: Becker Marine Systems

LNG Hybrid Barge Launched

The LNG Hybrid Barge is being eagerly awaited at the Port of Hamburg. On September 5, 2014, the technical launching was celebrated in Komárno, Slovakia. “This is an important day for the shipping industry, because the LNG Hybrid Barge is a big step forward for supplying cruise ships with environmentally-friendly energy,” said Dirk Lehman, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems. Starting off from her place of construction, on September 12, 2014 the LNG Hybrid Barge with a length of 76.7 m, a breadth of 11.4 m and draught of approx.

Patent Protection Granted for Hybrid Propulsion System

Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime Company with their technology partner XeroPoint Energy, have received U.S. patent protection for its hybrid propulsion and energy management system. AKA, a Canadian system integrator and marine engineering company partnered with Foss, which owns and operates one of the largest tug and barge fleets on the U.S. West Coast, in developing this technology. The hybrid propulsion and energy management system has been proven to significantly reduce emissions, fuel consumption and equipment maintenance for marine vessels.

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine at Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo

Becker Marine Systems product presentation at the dutch Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo will put a strong focus on environmentally-friendly technology for the marine industry like the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL. Recently, the Hamburg-based LNG Hybrid Barge successfully completed a programme of technical trials, right in time for the cruise ship season. With the use of to the new floating power plant, cruise ships will be supplied with clean energy produced from environmentally-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) during their layovers at port.

MF Prinsesse Benedikte: Image courtesy of Scandlines

Corvus Energy Systems Get More Scandline Hybrid Ferry Orders

Corvus Energy informs it has again been selected as the Energy Storage System (ESS) of choice by Scandlines for their next three hybrid ferries. Based on successful operation of Scandline’s first hybrid, the 'MF Prinsesse Benedikte', the next 3 hybrids will use a 2.7MWh ESS consisting of Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries integrated with Siemens drive systems. Corvus add that the ferries M/V Deutschland, M/V Schleswig-Holstein and M/V Prins Richard, in operation…

Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015. Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential of utilizing hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector. Conference organizer and workshop lead for the Hybrid Marine events, John Haynes of Shock Mitigation, said, “Changes are coming fast in the sub IMO professional sector.

Five Cat Engines to Power World’s First LNG-Hybrid Barge

Caterpillar Marine announced the first shipment of Cat 3500 series marine gas engines from its Lafayette, Indiana manufacturing facility. Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected to power the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, LNG-Hybrid Barge, the world’s first LNG-powered barge in the Port of Hamburg. The LNG-Hybrid barge will provide clean and efficient shore power to cold ironing cruise ships and serve as a backup power provider for the local Hamburg electric power and heat grid.

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.

Corvus Energy Wins Order for Battery Hybrid Ferries

Scandlines ferries designed with battery hybrid propulsion to operate on the Rostock-Gedser commercial route. Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Scandlines have announced the award of the energy storage system contract for the M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen battery hybrid ferries currently being built at the Danish shipyard FAYARD. The new vessels M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will each use a 1,050VDC, 1.5MWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 231 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries.

WFSV ‘Seacat Intrepid’ built by Alicat – South Boats IOW. Deck layout includes space for ISO containers.

Hybrid Technology for Military and Commercial Vessels

The marine industry is now recognizing the potential of utilizing hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems. Certain maritime sectors are potentially well suited to hybrid systems. These include ferries, pilot boats and workboats that have relatively consistent duty cycles. For military applications, hybrid systems are relevant for patrol, intercept and autonomous vessel duties. Submarines have utilized batteries and stored energy for many years. Diesel/electric systems have long been in use, but these are not hybrid systems.

Corvus Energy to Power UK Hybrid Ferry

Corvus Energy Inc. has announced that Wärtsilä, provider of ship machinery, propulsion and maneuvering solutions, has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a new hybrid ferry being built for UK based Wightlink Ferries. Corvus Energy will supply its Orca Energy ESS solution to compliment a comprehensive range of modern Wärtsilä equipment and systems, which will deliver industry leading environmental efficiency with this new vessel.

Seaspan Swift, first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service (Image Courtesy of Seaspan)

Bureau Veritas Rules Support Hybrid Power and ESS

Bureau Veritas has issued a new chapter in its rules providing a framework for electric and hybrid power solutions. The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards. It is expected that the notations will encourage wider uptake of energy storage systems (ESS) to provide both operational and environmental benefits. Martial Claudepierre, Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas, said, “Industry uptake of hybrid and battery technology has been driven by environmental regulation.

Image: Shock Mitigation

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop

In May 2015 U.K. based Shock Mitigation will bring together a group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities of utilizing hybrid power and storage systems. The aim is to identify the potential of hybrid systems for specific sectors, starting with diesel / electric for wind farm support vessels, pilot boats, patrol craft, survey vessels and unmanned craft. The two day workshop, at the Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton UK…

Image credit Northern Lights

School-boat Propulsion System Order for Northern Lights

A new Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, Conn. USA) research & floating schoolhouse vessel to be fitted with Northern Lights' Hybrid Marine System. Northern Lights Hybrid Marine is an ideal fit for the Maritime Aquarium. Their new 65-foot research vessel – designed by Incat Crowther – will be used throughout Long Island Sound to entertain and inform aquarium patrons. Installing the Hybrid Marine system allows the vessel the clean, reliable propulsion it needs to travel out into the Sound.