Wärtsilä launches new hybrid power module

A typical system arrangement with the Wärtsilä HY for a tugboat application, in diesel-mechanical configuration with shaft motor/generator

MAY 31, 2017 — Leveraging its technical strengths in both engine design and electrical & automation (E&A) systems, Wärtsilä has launched a fully integrated hybrid power module, the Wärtsilä HY.
Wärtsilä has already won its first contract for the system, it was signed at the Norshipping event yesterday by Italy's Rimorchiatori Riuniti, the biggest owner and operator of tugs in the Mediterranean Sea region, and is for a unit that will provide the power for a new 80 TBP (tons bollard pull) harbor tug,
The marine industry's first hybrid power module of its kind, the Wärtsilä HY combines engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics optimized to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS).
There is a notable trend in the marine sector towards hybrid propulsion solutions, which are anticipated to represent a significant percentage of all contracted vessels within the coming ten years. The new Wärtsilä EMS represents the latest generation integrated control system, and has been specifically designed for this application. It creates an outstanding means of interaction with the ship's onboard systems.
The Wärtsilä HY will provide a wide range of customer benefits through increased operational efficiency and flexibility, resulting in lower fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved vessel performance.
When operating in "Green Mode," zero emissions can be achieved. Smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes, thanks to a new patent pending automation procedure. Furthermore, the reduction in engine operating hours lowers maintenance requirements and extends the intervals between overhauls. The Wärtsilä HY ensures that the overall vessel performance is greatly improved compared to operating on conventional machinery solutions or hybrid solutions, while the higher level of redundancy promotes increased safety. Other benefits include instantaneous load acceptance with rapid response to step-load changes, entire system certification and guaranteed performance.
Classification society Lloyds Register (LR) has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate for the Wärtsilä HY. The certificate is based on technical material and safety analyses, concerning normal operation of the system and a presentation of risk scenarios. In effect it means that the system design as examined can be expected to be granted full class approvalfor actual projects.
"LR is proud to issue an Approval in Principle certificate to the Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module," said LR Marine & Offshore Director, Nick Brown. "LR, like Wärtsilä, is committed to tackling the big challenges facing the industry, especially those environmental challenges related to carbon emissions. LR is focused on supporting the safe and effective introduction of new technologies offering the potential solutions, and hybrid technology is one of those."
"Wärtsilä's unmatched product portfolio and broad range of in-house capabilities and expertise enables us to develop products such as the Wärtsilä HY, which combines technologies from different fields," says Giulio Tirelli, Director, Marine Engineering, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. "This development opens the door to a new era of marine technology that would have been unimaginable until very recently. It endorses Wärtsilä's leadership in front-end innovation providing unrivaled benefits to our customers and partners
The Wärtsilä HY will have dedicated versions for each category of vessels. While the first versions being made available will be designed for tugs and medium sized ferries. Wärtsilä also sees big potential in other types of vessels as well. This is the first launch of a new product of this type where each individual version is dedicated to a specific market to secure an optimal fit to the requirements of the specific application.

Torqeedo signs propulsion deal with Privilege Marine

Privilege Marine CEO Gilles Wagner (left) is shown with the future owners of the first Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran and Torqeedo’s Ulf Kanne (right).


Luxury catamaran manufacturer Privilege Marine said it now offers hybrid electric propulsion and integrated energy management by Torqeedo.
Torqeedo said its Deep Blue Hybrid delivers electric propulsion and integrated energy management for leisure boat and commercial applications. The first Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran will feature a 2 x 50 kW inboard system.
Torqeedo said Deep Blue Hybrid provides emission-free electric propulsion and all house loads by harvesting renewable energy from solar cells and hydrogeneration. Torqeedo said its modular combination of standard components can be tailored easily to individual needs.
For long-range cruising, a 22 kW HV-DC converter generator is integrated into the system, which offers the same range as a yacht equipped with a combustion engine, Torqeedo said. It provides enough energy to power the motor and charge the batteries, if needed. As soon as the batteries are fully loaded, the generator turns off to offer quiet electric motoring for several hours a day at a moderate cruising speed.
Torqeedo said the combination of renewables, generator power and high-capacity BMW i battery storage allows owners to draw on an abundance of energy. Even air-conditioning systems can be operated without running a generator at night. A fully charged system delivers 20 nautical miles of noise-free motoring at 5 knots.
Deep Blue Hybrid’s nine-year battery limited warranty and worldwide service network are also advantages for Privilege yachts cruising the world.
Peter Went, future owner of Le Penseur, the first yacht of the Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran, is particularly fond of the Torqeedo system.
“The game-changer for me, looking at an integrated power system, is the hydrogeneration capability,” Went said in a statement.
The yacht will be launched early next year.
“Torqeedo has now lifted hybrid technology to a professional, industrial level by delivering an integrated system from one source,” Privilege Marine CEO Gilles Wagner said.
Privilege Marine was acquired by Aurelius, the parent company of Hanse Yachts, earlier this month.
Last autumn, Hanse and Torqeedo announced the Rudder Drive, another propulsion system that replaces the diesel engine, thruster and saildrive for sailboats as large as 40 feet.
The Rudder Drive marked the first time a large-scale yacht manufacturer has offered an industrially produced electric drive system as a factory option.

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MAN engines power hybrid port patrol boat


MAY 24, 2017 — Zoetemeer, Netherlands, headquartered MAN Rollo has supplied two MAN D2676LE424 engines for the RPA8, a hybrid patrol boat, commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority at Kooiman Shipyard (see earlier story).
When putting out a tender for the patrol boat, the Port of Rotterdam Authority defined a number of principles, including the cost of ownership, emission reduction and minimizing of wave generation.
The tender also specified that the patrol boat be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system combining diesel electric and diesel direct power; diesel electric fed to one of the engines up to a speed of 25 km/h and diesel direct for both main engines at speeds between 25 km/h and 35 km/h.
By correctly loading the engines, the RPA 8's combustion is more efficient, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions.
An aftertreatment system further limits the emission of hazardous substances.
Additionally, heat recovered from the engines' cooling water system heats the deckhouse.
"In this contract, we wanted to show that it is possible to save fuel by effectively aligning the combination of diesel and electric power," says Maarten Kooiman, Head of the Design Bureau at Kooiman Engineering. The shipyard also collaborated with the Van Oossanen group, which designed a hull specifically for the RPA 8.
The hull is a combination of two patented inventions: the Fast Displacement Hull Form and the Hull Vane. This minimizes wave generation and results in a 20% reduction in vessel resistance at top speed. To reach the desired top speed (35km/h), 736 kW is sufficient power.
"This allows us to install smaller main engines," says Maarten Kooiman. "The information gained from various engine suppliers showed that MAN Rollo could supply engines in the required power range and at a low lifecycle cost."
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is striving to become a sustainable port. "Our engines are in keeping with this," says Karel Schuurman, Sales Manager at MAN Rollo. "The engines are very modern and feature the latest common rail fuel injection technology. As a result, their fuel consumption is low and the exhaust emission levels are lower than that prescribed by the current global emission standards."
This is a major advantage, because the patrol boat will operate in a busy urban area with a lot of waterborne traffic. The two MAN D2676LE424 engines supplied by MAN Rollo each generate 382 kW@1,800 rpm and, says Mr. Kooiman, are "the best option for the RPA 8 with respect to dimensions and weight."
MAN Rollo Rollo is part of the international trading and service organisation Pon, one the largest family-owned businesses of the Netherlands.

Derecktor launches hybrid research vessel


65 ft cat has BAE diesel electric hybrid system

MAY 19, 2017 —Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck, NY, has launched the CUNY I, the first hybrid vessel built for the City University of New York's Brooklyn College.
The 65-ft CUNY I is powered by a BAE Systems HybriDrive diesel-electric hybrid system, and has a state-of-the-art lab interior as well as cutting-edge technology at the forward helm station.
Electric power is supplied through by a set of lithium ion batteries, and propulsion is via articulating drives powered by two electric motors.
The City University of New York (CUNY), in collaboration with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, plans to use the vessel for research of the Jamaica Bay area, as well as Long Island Sound.
The hybrid is extremely fuel efficient when the diesel motor is operating, and has 300 gallons of fuel capacity.
This is the second research hybrid Derecktor has built, and incorporates a number of advances from its first successful hybrid– the Spirit of the Sound, built for The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk. Both the CUNY I and the Spirit of the Sound are based a a catamaran design by Incat Crowther.
Derecktor General Manager Micah Tucker commented, "We are very pleased to have built another hybrid vessel, and are excited at the possibilities of alternative energy in marine studies and transportation."
Derecktor says it continues to pursue projects for the construction of further hybrid vessels, and hopes to help reduce the carbon footprint of the maritime industry one vessel at a time.
As we reported in our May issue, Derecktor is already preparing to build a third hybrid vessel; this one, for Harbor Harvest, would be configured to carry locally grown fresh produce, fish, meat and dairy products for a farm-to-table transportation network.

Visedo and TECO sign landmark partnership

Technology agreement set to disrupt heavy EV motor industry
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Finnish manufacturer of electric drivetrains for heavy vehicles Visedo has signed a landmark production and co-operation agreement with Asia’s largest electric motor producer TECO Electric & Machinery Company.
Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma announced the new partnership will ensure the company’s market-leading technology powers more hybrid and fully electric passenger road vehicles, heavy duty machinery and marine vessels.
Under the agreement Visedo will benefit from TECO’s significant production capacity and ability to service major tender projects worldwide and particularly in Asia. In turn, TECO will have access to Visedo’s unique expertise in developing synchronous reluctance assisted permanent magnet (SRPM) power systems, a technology superior to currently produced powertrains for heavy electric vehicles.
The agreement will also assist Visedo to further develop commercial opportunities across Asia’s emerging markets. This follows Visedo opening a new Hong Kong office last month and signing a letter of intent with VC firm, Beijing Capital Investment, to help the company access China’s booming EV market – already the world’s single largest.
Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma said “We believe this agreement with TECO Electric & Machinery Company marks a historic day for Visedo as it allows our superior technology to disrupt the status quo of the current electric power market for heavy electric vehicles.
“The revolution to electrify the world’s transport and transition away from diesel reliance is already underway. But until now the industry producing powertrains for heavy duty electric vehicles and machines has been dominated by AC induction.
“Our synchronous reluctance assisted permanent magnet (SRPM) technology allows Visedo to deliver the market’s most efficient hybrid and fully electric solutions that are also smaller and lighter than our competitors. Visedo can already guarantee better performing hybrid and fully electric drivetrains in a more compact and robust product – our partnership with TECO will allow Visedo to also compete at the scale and volume of our Tier One OEM rivals.”
TECO Company Chairperson Sophia Chiu said: “Statistics show that Asia-Pacific is one of the fastest growing markets for electric vehicles worldwide and China is the world’s largest and fastest growing market for electric buses, likely to own over 50 per cent of global market share by 2025.
“Another promising market is the electrification of marine vessels. The global market of marine electric/hybrid power propelling system is expected to hit US$4.45 billion by 2022. The electric/hybrid marine vessel market of Southeast Asia and China promises infinite potential.
“We’re confident that TECO and Visedo can join hands in seizing the regional business opportunities for joint producing and developing electric drivetrain systems with even higher quality for customers, and creating a win-win for both parties in the Asia-Pacific market.”
Visedo’s SRPM technology delivers more efficiency than traditional power systems based on induction machines (IM) or standard permanent magnet motors (PM).
The Finnish company has developed and installed its technology to power fully electric buses in the Finnish capital Helsinki and in the Swedish city of Umeå. In the marine segment Visedo has also helped deliver Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry; Finland’s first all-electric ferry; and is currently developing the power system for the world’s largest electric E-ferry in Denmark.
The partnership with TECO is part of Visedo’s concerted efforts to further develop opportunities in Asia, an emerging powerhouse for the electric vehicle segment. The greater Asia Pacific region – driven by demand in China and Japan – is forecast to be the world’s fastest growing market for electric vehicles by 2022.
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Two Norwegian firms are building the world’s first self-driving, electric container ship


Norwegian firm Yara and maritime technology company Kongsberg Gruppe are building the world’s first fully electric, self-driving boat, which they said will replace thousands of truck journeys required to haul fertilizer to ports in Norway.
The ship will be “100% electric” with zero emissions, the company announced in a statement on Wednesday. Operations on the ship, named the Yara Birkeland, are expected to begin in the second half of 2018.
Yara ships fertilizer products from its production plant in Porsgrunn, Norway to the cities Brevik and Larvik. They say the self-driving ship will cut emissions by replacing 40,000 diesel truck journeys per year.
“The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport contributing to meet the UN sustainability goals,” the company said in a statement.

A computer simulation provided by Yara International ASA shows the design for the "Yara Birkeland" vessel, the world's first fully electric and autonomous container ship

Brevik and Larvik are 14 and 26 kilometres away from Porsgrunn, respectively, according to Google Maps.
Yara isn’t the first company to invest in self-driving vehicles. New York State is moving ahead with plans to allow testing of self-driving cars on public roads, and companies such as UberAppleTeslaFord and Waymo, a branch of Alphabet Inc., are developing self-driving car technology.
Amazon, meanwhile, is developing Prime Air, a service that will deliver packages to customers using unmanned drones.
Yara expects the self-driving container ship to start as a manned vessel in 2018 before it becomes remotely operated in 2019 and fully autonomous by 2020. It is named after Kristian Birkeland, the company’s founder.

Global Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Snapshot


The marine industry is increasingly investing in technologies that help lower emissions, improve fuel efficiency, and adhere to new environmental regulations. Thus, hybrid propulsion systems are being rapidly deployed by vessel operators across the world. Marine hybrid propulsion systems are gradually emerging as one of the most preferred clean propulsion systems globally and are being used in several vessel categories.
Fuel charges account for substantial share of a vessel’s operating expenditure. As a result, shipping liners are adopting efficient fuel technologies such as hybrid propulsion to increase their profit margins. Implementation of stringent government regulations and strict monitoring of spillage in the marine ecosystem are driving the demand for hybrid propulsion systems. The operating power requirements and size of drive components are important factors in the selection of appropriate hybrid configurations for vessels.
Spurred by the aforementioned factors, the global marine hybrid propulsion market is forecast to reach S$5.25 bn by the end of 2024, from US$2.65 bn in 2015. If these figures hold true, the global market will exhibit a CAGR of 8.2% between 2016 and 2024.

Diesel-electric Systems Emerge as Widely Adopted Hybrid Technology
The marine hybrid propulsion market has been segmented into three categories: Configuration, end use, and region. In terms of configuration, the marine hybrid propulsion market has been classified into diesel-electric, parallel hybrid, and serial hybrid. Of these, the diesel-electric segment accounted for the leading share of 53.3% in 2015. Diesel-electric system is a widely adopted hybrid technology owing to its simple structure and low installation costs. Diesel-electric systems are easy to configure and install. Therefore, several vessel operators have been switching from the conventional diesel systems to diesel-electric configurations to comply with the environmental regulations prevalent in their respective regions. Diesel-electric propulsion systems have witnessed a rapid growth rate in the past few decades and is expected to dominate the marine hybrid propulsion market based on configuration through the forecast period.
In terms of end use, the market has been segregated into tugboats & OSV’s, ferries, defense vessels, and others. Installations of these configuration types are completely dependent on the operational requirements of the vessel operators. The operating power requirements and size of the drive components are crucial factors considered while vessel operators select the appropriate hybrid configurations for their respective vessels.

Europe to Remain Dominant Market through Forecast Period
Regionally, the global hybrid propulsion market encompasses North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. Among these nations, Europe emerged dominant with a share of 34.60% in 2015. The region market is driven by the presence of several manufacturing companies. However, growth in the region will remain moderate through the forecast period. In North America, several associations are monitoring carbon emission. The leading nations in North America also have maritime monitoring satellites that detect excess carbon emission from ferries and if there is any oil spillage. Spurred by these factors, the maritime hybrid propulsion market will witness positive growth in North America.
In the coming years, Asia Pacific is expected to offer greener pastures to a large number of small- and large-scale hybrid propulsion manufacturing companies. China and Japan have emerged as lead in terms of production and consumption in Asia Pacific. Rising opportunities in these nations will significantly aid the expansion of the marine hybrid propulsion market. Besides this, the market is also expected to witness lucrative opportunities in the Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
Some of the major companies operating in this market are Siemens AG, General Electric, BAE Systems plc, Wartsila, and MAN Diesel & Turbo SE among others.

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Renk launches hybrid system for two-stroke engines

MARHY's key components: propeller shaft clutch (top right), tunnel gearbox (centre) and electrical package (left) governing electric propulion and PTO modes
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Propulsion technology specialist Renk is to launch a hybrid concept that enables two-stroke engine users to harness the electrical potential of their engines for either propulsion or power generation.
The MARHY (marine hybrid) system features a tunnel gearbox and propeller shaft clutch enabling the two-stroke engine to be connected to an electrical motor. The electrical package includes an asynchronous motor, active front end frequency converters and couplings.
MARHY can be used with both fixed pitch and controllable pitch propellers. In combination with energy storage, the system offers four operational modes: main engine propulsion with power take out to supply onboard electrical demand; main engine propulsion with power take in, to provide an electrical boost to propulsion; fully electric propulsion with the main engine turned off; and main engine as generator with the propeller disengaged.
The system offers fully redundant propulsion fulfilling class requirements including Bureau Veritas’ AVM-APS and Lloyd’s Register’s PMRL. For passenger vessels, this means that MAHY satisfies safe return to port requirements while for tankers, containerships and crude oil carriers the redundancy allows hazardous cargos to be transported in restricted areas.
The system, which is available for propeller shafts with diameters of 250-850mm, can also be used by ship owners to reduce the number of gensets deployed on a vessel, either by generating electricity for storage in a battery or through enabling the main engine to be used as a generator.
Renk will launch the MARHY system at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam next month.

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Third and final Salish Class ferry on its way to B.C. from Poland

Salish Raven will be used on southern Gulf Islands routes starting in the fall | Photo: BC Ferries

Salish Raven, the last of three BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels, is on its way to British Columbia.
Fuelled by natural gas, the ship left shipyards in Gdansk, Poland April 28 for a 10,440-nautical-mile journey that will take 45-55 days, depending on weather.
The journey will include stops for refueling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama. The vessel will transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to Victoria.
The Salish Raven is to be put into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.
The vessel can be tracked during its journey at vesselfinder.com.
“This is a major milestone in our new-build program as Salish Raven, the final vessel in this series, is now making its way to British Columbia,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ chief executive. “With these new vessels, we continue to move towards standardization of our fleet, which offers interoperability and lower crew training and maintenance costs and also enhances safety.”
The first of the Salish Class vessels, Salish Orca, will be introduced into service next month on the Powell River-Comox route.
Salish Eagle, the second of the vessels, will start service on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route in late June.
All three Salish Class vessels are 105 metres long and can each carry 145 vehicles and 600 passengers. They cost a total of about $200 million.
The artwork created to adorn Salish Raven was designed by Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell. It will be applied on the ship when it arrives in B.C.