Smart Electrical and Power Systems

As the marine industry is embracing decarbonisation as a fact of life it is now possible to look at the challenge in a new and positive way, profitable decarbonisation. For many years solutions have been available to reduce emissions but it is only recently that the business case to drive this paradygm shift has become clear – one that delivers reduced emissions for retrofits and new build projects and adds real competitive advantage. A strategic approach to this challenge is necessary and will include three components depending on a vessel’s operating profile :

  • Alternative green fuels
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Electrification


  

How does electricity fit into this approach? 

Electrical solutions  and their role on vessels has clearly been part of a vessel design for many years, such as Diesel-Electric-propulsion or shaft generators, etc. However, the share of green energy from renewable sources such as wind, water, solar in the land based electrical grid has in recent years increased significantly and will continue to do so. Therefore, by combining this shift in shore based green energy with vessels capable of utilising shore connection will enable vessels to reduce emissions dramatically.  

Flexibility was once not a consideration in vessel design and as seen when slow steaming was the favoured solution to reducing emissions for many vessels, this lack of flexibility meant some vessel will never be fully optimised. The use of electrical systems onboard will enable smarter propulsion systems that are more resilient and flexible enough to adapt to future changing needs  more easily.



  
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RoRo - Diesel electric, PTO/PTI and hybrid
Ferry - Diesel electric and hybrid
Ferry – Zero emissions
Cruise Vessel - Fuel cell diesel electric propulsion
Bulk Carrier - Hybrid propulsion with PTO/PTI and shore connection
OSV - Hybrid propulsion
Shuttle Tanker - Diesel Electric
Tug – Hybrid 
Fishing Vessel - Hybrid
LNG Carrier - Shaft generator system

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  • Hybrid propulsion for Misje Eco Bulk
    The new environmentally-friendly Misje Eco Bulk ships will feature an integrated Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion solution. This fully integrated hybrid propulsion solution represents a new overall benchmark for bulk carriers in terms of operational flexibility, high efficiency, and low emission levels.

    Hybrid propulsion for Misje Eco Bulk

  • Hybrid solutions for Aker BioMarine support vessel
    Wärtsilä’s sustainable technical and hybrid solutions, with high levels of safety and reliability, were considered as being the most suitable for this project.

    Hybrid solutions for Aker BioMarine support vessel

  • Hybrid installation for the bulk carrier ‘Paolo Topic’
    The integrated solution delivers a drastic reduction in fuel consumption and maintenance costs. This, combined with the highly advanced level of environmental sustainability, will make the ‘Paolo Topic’ the global fleet’s most technologically advanced bulk carrier.

    Hybrid installation for the bulk carrier ‘Paolo Topic’

  • The most environmentally friendly shuttle tanker
    Wärtsilä has collaborated with the shipping company to apply a broad range of solutions for a new tanker class that reduces not only the environmental impact from the vessel itself but from the cargo too. Developing the new E-Shuttle tanker concept together with TEEKAY required a total departure from the traditional shuttle tanker systems.

    The most environmentally friendly shuttle tanker

  • Hybrid Solution for Kootenay lake ferry
    By opting for Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Solution rather than a conventional propulsion arrangement, the operator will benefit from reduced fuel consumption and a far lower level of exhaust emissions.

    Hybrid Solution for Kootenay lake ferry

  • Hybrid Solution for new Isle of Man ferry
    Wärtsilä has worked closely with the owner to develop a customised integrated solution based on the ship’s operating profile and customer-specific requirements. Reliability, efficiency, and low operating costs were key considerations.

    Hybrid Solution for new Isle of Man ferry

  • Hybrid systems for new eco-friendly ferries
    The new ‘Superstar’ Finnlines ferries will feature Wärtsilä engines and hybrid systems and will be among the most eco-friendly ferries of their type, setting new standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.

    Hybrid systems for new eco-friendly ferries

  • Finnlines hybrid RoRo ferries
    The hybrid solution, which includes a 5000 kWh energy storage system, will enable these ships to operate with zero emissions while in port, and to meet the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) Green Plus class notation. They will also have Ice Class classification 1A Super.

    Finnlines hybrid RoRo ferries

  • MF Folgefonn
    In 2015 the car ferry “MF Folgefonn” was retrofitted into a full scale hybrid and plug-in hybrid ferry. It can be run as conventional diesel electric, as hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid. In hybrid operation the savings in fuel consumption in optimised mode is 10-20%. Emissions will be reduced by 30%, as a result of both the reduced fuel consumption and the improved operational profile for the combustion engines on board.

    MF Folgefonn



  

 

 


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