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Wind, Solar Marine Power Project Approves Battery Supplier


Wind, Solar Marine Power Project Approves Battery Supplier
UltraBattery UB-50-12 Batteries. Image Credit: The Furukawa Battery Company
Eco Marine Power (EMP) today said it has formally certified The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. of Japan, as a supplier of batteries for use on ship and marine structures.
As previously discussed on Ship & Bunker, marine batteries form an integral part of a range of the Aquarius Marine hybrid wind and solar marine power solutions being developed by EMP.
"For many energy storage solutions for ships and marine applications the key is to keep things simple, safe and reliable. The battery technologies that we have certified from Furukawa Battery allow us to offer energy storage solutions that are easy to install, do not require complicated cooling or control systems and are cost effective," said Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power.
Our battery technologies have been proven to be very safe and reliable over many years
Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales and Marketing Department, Furukawa Battery
The certification process covers a range of batteries technologies including the hybrid valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) UltraBattery, and included obtaining approval from ClassNK for each battery type, EMP explained.
EMP also assessed how Furukawa Battery recycles returned batteries as part of a sustainability review.
"Our battery technologies have been proven to be very safe and reliable over many years and we are excited that we can offer these globally in co-operation with Eco Marine Power," commented Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales and Marketing Department at Furukawa Battery.
Furukawa Battery will display its battery technologies for ships along with Eco Marine Power during Sea Japan in Tokyo, between April 11th – 13th 2018.



THE SWITCH AND CHINA SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY CORP TO EXPLORE HYBRID, BATTERY SOLUTIONS

The advanced train technology company has inked a strategic partnership agreement with CSIC/711, China’s R&D institute for marine diesel engines.
Cooperation with Finland-headquartered The Switch is expected to help CSIC/711, which operates under the direct jurisdiction of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), provide power generation and drive train solutions to its clients. Both companies are aiming to advance the Chinese marine industry with electrical drive trains and optimised energy use.
‘We want to show CSIC/711 our commitment to cooperation in practice, not only in words,’ said Carlo Cecchi, Director of Business Development, The Switch. ‘The Switch will support CSIC/711 with a strong technical team and continue building our worldwide service and support network to be close to the shipowner wherever needed. We see that the marine market has interesting potential and want to be a part of that journey with CSIC.’
As Bunkerspot previously reported, in January, The Switch announced it was looking to grow its marine business by 200% over the next five years.


Mexican owner joins slew of companies to recognise benefits of hybrid power

Mexican owner joins slew of companies to recognise benefits of hybrid power
Adopting hybrid propulsion will reduce Seacor Maja’s fuel consumption and emissions
Mexmar, Seacor’s joint venture in Mexico, is to upgrade the vessel Seacor Maya with a hybrid power solution, joining the growing ranks of companies that recognise the fuel-efficiencies and environmental benefits to be obtained from doing so.
Kongsberg has been selected as the single supplier for the delivery, supply and integration of an energy storage system for the vessel with a custom-designed energy control system (ECS). The ship’s existing K-Pos DP-22 dynamic positioning (DP) system and K-Chief 700 IAS automation system will also be upgraded.
The upgraded K-Pos DP-22 system functions include power load monitoring and blackout prevention. The system will display all battery data including capacity and status. The ECS is made possible by combining existing and upgraded K-Pos, K-Chief and K-Thrust functionality. Core components of the system include dynamic load prediction, dynamic inertia control and dynamic hybrid control combined with an automatic start/stop strategy.
This kind of system optimisation enables significant fuel efficiency while also extending battery life, lowering lifetime costs and maximising the investment in hybrid power. The contract includes an option for a second vessel.
“On completion of the upgrade, Seacor Maya will have one of the most advanced powertrain solutions of any vessel,” said Seacor Marine manager of engineering, Tim Clerc. “The hybrid power solution has the potential to significantly reduce operational costs while at the same time provide access to new functionality for improved safety and effectiveness of DP operations.”

PBES Norway and Pangea Marine Trade announce Agency Agreement




PBES and Pangea Marine Trade has announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe.
“The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.
 
The PBES energy storage system has been designed to high performance and safety standards and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.


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PBES and Pangea Marine Trade today announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe. This underscores the on-going green shift that is now occurring in the commercial marine industry.

“The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.

“We are pleased to announce the agreement with PBES,” stated Mete Özalp, Managing Director, Pangea. “Much of the future of shipping will be based on hybrid and electric propulsion. After we evaluated the industry option; as well as the sustainable movement around the globe, the advantages of PBES liquid cooling were clear, and the company’s service driven values fit well with our own.


The PBES energy storage system has been designed to the highest standards of performance and safety and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.


Source: PBES & marinelink

New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry

New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry
Wärtsilä has won a contract from Norway’s Hav Shipping AS to design the first hybrid-powered processing and transportation vessel for use in the fish farming industry.
According to Wärtsilä, a new, hybrid battery configuration will minimise exhaust emissions from the vessel by absorbing most of the engine’s load fluctuations and vessel load variations. The batteries also power the onboard hybrid propulsion machinery’s PTI/PTO (power take-in/power take-off).
A representative from Wärtsilä told Riviera Maritime Media that the hybrid operation is expected to result in fuel savings of 10-15% and reduced costs in engine maintenance.
“The batteries installed assist the diesel engine with variable loads coming from both sea conditions and onboard power needs, allowing the diesel engines to run on a stable load.”
“The propeller will be assisted with instant torque from the PTI/PTO, to optimise performance. The auxiliary engines will have fewer running hours, as well, due to the batteries’ ability to assist with short-term, additional power needs.”
According to the Wärtsilä representative, the hybrid system functions automatically, once the operation mode and desired speed is chosen from the bridge, calculating the best combination of power generation for propulsion and onboard power requirements.
The innovative setup includes a propulsion remote control system and an electrical and automation system, with a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine and two nine-cylinder auxiliary engines serving as the main power sources onboard the craft. Wärtsilä is also contracted to deliver a two-speed gearbox and a controllable pitch propeller including the HP propeller nozzle, stern tube seals and bearings.
In 2015, Guinness World Records recognised the Wärtsilä 31 engine as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, and the two-speed gearbox enables lower propeller speeds and optimises propulsion efficiency during transit while still using the main engine to power the shaft alternator. The company points to these as factors in lowering fuel costs, both for propulsion and the production of electrical power.
In a statement, Wärtsilä ship design vice president Riku-Pekka Hägg said “The fish farming industry, like other marine industry sectors, is seeking better ship designs and greater efficiencies that reduce overall operating costs and lessen the environmental impact.”
Wärtsilä will provide initial, basic and detailed versions of the design on the bespoke project whose parameters were developed in consultation with Hav Shipping AS. The vessel will be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain and is scheduled for delivery in summer 2018.
Hav Shipping AS is co-owned by Haugland Gruppen and Sekkingstad. Both parent companies are involved in the Norwegian fish farming industry. Haugland Gruppen owns fish farms and Sekkingstad owns fish processing plants.
Once delivered, the hybrid-propulsion vessel will bring fish from Haugland Gruppen’s fish farms in Norway to Sekkingstad’s planned factory in Denmark. The vessel also has the capacity to transport from other fish farms, according to Wärtsilä.



Bellingham boat builder building Tesla for the sea




The M/V Enhydra, a 600-passenger hybrid electric boat is being built at All American Marine's new facility in Bellingham, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The boat builder says the 128-foot vessel will be the largest lithium-ion hybrid electric passenger boat in the U.S.

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MTU showcases yacht and megayacht solutions

The high-performance Series 4000 engines for yachts are modified slightly to meet IMO Tier III and launched on the market with MTU's SCR system. The engines will be available as 12, 16 and 20-cylinder versions for a power range extending from 1,920 to 3,900 kW

JULY 31, 2017 — Rolls-Royce is showing off the latest MTU propulsion systems and service solutions for motor and sailing yachts at this year's yacht shows in Cannes and Monaco.
At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, which takes place September 12-17, MTU will be presenting a close-to-production prototype hybrid system based on its 16-cylinder Series 2000 engine. The focus will also be on models of the Pininfarina bridge components and MTU's Premium Yacht Service.
The latest MTU propulsion solutions for mega yachts will be on display September 27-30 at the Monaco Yacht Show where it= will be presenting its advanced-design Series 4000 engines for IMO III, including MTU's SCR system.
A model of the new close-to-production prototype MTU hybrid system based on the 16V 2000 M96 engine will be on display.
Yacht owners will benefit from the combination of high performance and efficiency in addition to the comfort and luxury of silent, low-vibration cruising.
The MTU hybrid propulsion systems are designed on a modular basis and, depending on the diesel-engine series, will cover various electrical outputs within series solutions.
"Electric motors and hybrid propulsion systems from MTU will be an important mobility component for marine propulsion systems of the future," says Stefan Müller, Head of Application Center Marine & Offshore at MTU. "MTU offers a proven, series solution, which combines the mechanical and electrical components to provide optimum performance through MTU's automation system."
MTU has delivered an innovative hybrid propulsion system designed to meet the client's specific requirements for "Sailing Yacht A", the world's largest sailing yacht, which was commissioned in spring 2017. This is a combined diesel-electric propulsion system, which offers seven different propulsion modes. When needed, a high speed can be reached using the combination of both diesel and electric propulsion, but can also provide slow, extremely efficient cruising with very low vibration levels and reduced fuel consumption.
In addition to this exceptional project, MTU has also completed additional hybrid projects, in partnership with the Heesen Yachts shipyard, for example. With its "Nova Hybrid" project, Heesen is offering a 50-m fast displacement luxury yacht in its portfolio, which features a combination of 1,200 kW of diesel power (2 x MTU 12V 2000 M61) and 2 x 110 kW of electrical output. The all-aluminium yacht can travel at a speed of 9 knots on its electrical power source alone, while offering completely silent cruising.
Propulsion systems for megayachts (IMO III + II)
MTU will be showcasing its latest generation of Series 4000 engines at the Monaco Yacht Show, which comply with IMO III emission regulations when combined with MTU's SCR system. The high performance engines for yachts will be available as 12, 16 and 20-cylinder versions covering the power range from 1,920 to 3,900 kW. MTU will still include IMO II engines in its range.
MTU's new SCR system
With the new integrated solution for IMO III, consisting of MTU's propulsion system and SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment system, the customer benefits from an optimally matched system. Taking up little space and offering flexible installation, it features an excellent power to weight ratio. The SCR system from MTU is also flexible in operation: depending on the area (IMO II or IMO III) in which the yacht is sailing, the SCR system can be switched on or off as required.
MTU's SCR system is a fully controlled system, with real-time nitrogen oxide (NOx) measurement upstream and downstream of the SCR. This also regulates the amount of reactant injected to ensure that it is precise and ideal regardless of the operating conditions. The first IMO III yacht propulsion system with two 16V 4000 M73R MTU engines will be used in a new 80 m megayacht built by the Bilgin Yachts shipyard in Istanbul.
MTU on board new yachts at the trade shows
A number of yachts on display at the shows in Cannes and Monaco feature MTU engines. In Cannes, they will include the 38-m long Skyler from Benetti (2 x MTU 12V 2000), the Sunseeker 131 from Sunseeker (2 x MTU 12V 4000). In Monaco, visitors will have the opportunity to look around Heesen's Home (2 x MTU 12V 2000), and Mangusta's 165 E series (4 x MTU 16V 2000).


Beiderbeck design’s new Private Beach project

The designers at beiderbeck have come up with a new 24-metre motor yacht concept based on the hull shape of a classic trawler vessel that is fitted out with a high specification of luxury amenities. The design is presented as an all-in-one day-cruiser or overnight retreat which the owner can use to entertain his guests in style.




The idea behind the "Private Beach" with its long, open stern and low freeboard is based on the hull shape of trawlers used for prawn fishing,” explains the studio. “We have taken up those principles and paired them with the latest in yacht design ideas. The mobile island makes it possible to take day or evening trips with catering, bar keepers and/or DJs, as well as live music and entertainment of all kinds.
Private Beach comes complete with a 5-metre tender and two double-seater jet skis to make exploring remote coves and beaches surrounding the yacht possible. The stern area equates to over 50 square metres of sunbathing and outdoor lounging space with a fixed bimini providing much-needed relief from the tropical sun. A bathing platform folds out from where guests can board the tender or take the plunge into the refreshing crystal waters.
In terms of performance, Private Beach is fitted with twin 850 kW hybrid marine engines that will allow her to reach up to 27 knots and can manoeuvre under electric power alone at low speeds in zero-emissions mode.
Drawing by Philippe Gavin

Rolls-Royce to supply engines for giant Color Line hybrid

160 m ferry will carry 2,000 passengers, 500 cars

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry will have four Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45L diesel engines.
Designed by Fosen Yard , the ferry is on order for Norway's Color Line at Ulstein Verft. When delivered by the shipbuilder in the summer of 2019, it will operate on the crossing between Sandefjord in Norway and Strømstad in Sweden.
The new Color Line ferry will be a plug-in hybrid combining diesel and electrical power. The batteries will be recharged via a power cable with green electricity from Color Line’s own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators. The 160-m long vessel will have a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.
The four engines from Rolls-Royce are scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. The contract with Rolls-Royce incudes an option to provide engines for a second vessel.
Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, VP Engines – Marine, said: “The shipbuilding industry in Norway has lately proven its competitiveness internationally in the cruise and ferry market, and we are proud to be part of these innovative new building projects. Our Bergen engines have now been sold to nine vessels in this particular segment over the past year. It is a track record which demonstrates a highly attractive and competitive engine range.”
The Bergen B33:45 In-line diesel engine from Rolls-Royce was first introduced at SMM, Hamburg, in September 2014. Available with six, eight or nine cylinders, close to sixty engines have been sold to date. Orders have been received for various vessel types from all over the world including Norway, U.K, Spain, Canada, China, Singapore and New Zealand.
Last month, Rolls-Royce also launched a new a vee-line version of the engine to address a bigger portion of the marine and land market.

VISEDO TO COMBINE FORCES WITH VETH PROPULSION



The Finnish manufacturer says it is set to deliver ‘breakthrough electrification of new marine applications’ after signing a partnership deal with the global marine propulsion innovator.
Visedo announced the partnership agreement with Veth Propulsion at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, currently being held in Amsterdam. Under the agreement, Visedo will produce electric-powered thrusters featuring its permanent magnet (PM) motor technology. The two companies have co-developed the Integrated L-Drive, a highly compact, high-efficiency electric propulsion solution capable of a power range of 300kW to 1,325kW.
Visedo developed an electric solution specifically for the Integrated L-Drive and Veth Propulsion will use Visedo’s technology exclusively for the application. The propulsion system has been already ordered for several projects currently under construction: one vessel designed for serving the aquaculture industry and two yachts.
‘As well as delivering hybrid and electric solutions for primary propulsion solutions of marine vessels, Visedo is now ensuring thruster power can be delivered with zero-emissions and lower fuel costs,’ commented Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma.
‘Visedo’s partnership with leading international marine power provider Veth Propulsion will set a new standard for high-performance thrusters in terms of overall energy delivery and power-to-weight/space efficiency.’
Rauma added: ‘The collaboration made sense after both companies witnessed the growing demand in high-efficiency compact electric propulsion solutions that reduce fuel costs and associated emissions for the marine operator and overall industry.

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2017: Winners announced

The winners of the fourth annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced today (8 June) at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Launched in 2014, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards champions the very best in technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid marine sector, and is supported by associated publication Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International.
An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.
The Supplier of the Year award went to Corvus Energy, for the third consecutive year, with 80% of the judges awarding the company full marks. The panel was impressed by Corvus Energy’s business performance over the last 12 months, with the company posting an 87% revenue increase, with 30% of expenses related to R&D. Other major factors contributing to Corvus Energy’s success in this category came from it winning contracts for the supply and sale of 17 new Orca Energy ESS, totaling over 9MW in energy storage, and signing a 10-year agreement to provide service and maintenance for the world’s largest hybrid ferry fleet, operated by Scandlines.
Judges also recognized the impact of its appointment of a new European managing director, Willie Wagen, formally Wärtsilä’s head of market innovation, as well as the success of its expanded Orca Energy ESS production line, which received US$342,000 in non-repayable funding from the National Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its continued development.
And it was to be Corvus’s day as it picked up its second gong at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards by winning the Innovation of the Year category for its Orca Energy ESS. After three sequential years as a nominee in this category, this victory represents Corvus Energy’s fourth Electric & Hybrid Marine Award overall since the Awards began in 2014.
Compared to Corvus Energy’s previous AT6700 ESS, the price per kWh is reduced by 50% from US$1,300kWh to US$650kWh, and represents a 50% decrease in volume – an Orca Energy ESS module measures 420x163x590mm while the AT6700 ESS module measures 330x378x615mm, making it 11% lighter. Judges rewarded Corvus Energy for achieving an 80% reduction in connection and commissioning times, with the Ocra Energy ESS (125kWh/22 modules) requiring less than two hours compared to the AT6700 ESS (140kWh/21 modules), which required approximately 8 hours.
Next up, the Chief Engineer of the Year award was presented to Tor Øyvin Aa, managing director of Norwegian shipbuilding company Brødrene Aa. Representing the first time an engineer from a shipbuilder has won this award, Tor Øyvin Aa was lauded by the judges for his successful leadership during the development of the Vision of the Fjords diesel-electric sightseeing catamaran, which was delivered to operator The Fjords in July 2016 – just 14 months after Brødrene Aa’s design concept was selected for development.
Despite having no prior experience building hybrid vessels, it was Tor Øyvin Aa who proposed the vessel’s diesel-electric propulsion setup, which allows Vision of the Fjords to be propelled solely by battery power while operating in the UNESCO World Heritage Site section of Norway’s Naeroyfjord and on diesel power when outside of it.
Meanwhile, ABB scooped Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, winning the award for the third time in four years, and its fourth Electric & Hybrid Marine Award overall since 2014. In the last 12 months the OEM recorded a 3% increase in electrification products revenues, with a base order growth of 2% and a net income of US$724m, up from US$500m the previous year. 2016 also saw ABB launch its new Azipod XL podded electric propulsion unit, and deliver four Azipod propulsion units, totaling 52MW of electric power, from Helsinki to shipyards in South Korea, where they were then fitted to an LNG tanker an arctic oil tanker. Furthermore, the judges were impressed by the company’s sustainable shipping ambitions after it had signed a formal agreement with Wuchang Ship Building Group to develop greener ships in China’s icebreaking and cruise sectors.
Finally, the Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award went to BB Green, an electric commuter ferry delivered in June 2016 to operator Green City Ferries in Stockholm, Sweden. Officially the world’s first all-electric air-supported vessel (ASV), BB Green is powered by a 200kWh lithium titanate oxide energy storage system from Leclanché; two 280kW permanent magnet electric motors from Echandia Marine; and a Volvo Penta IPS pod propulsion system specially configured for an electric driveline.
Developed by SES Europe and built by BJB/Latitude Yachts in Riga, Latvia, the 25-ton vessel is capable of high speed operation for more than 30 minutes with a 14 nautical mile (26km) range. It’s also the world’s fastest ASV, operating at a speed of 30 knots (56km/h). BB Green was developed over a 44-month period and built to a US$3.5m budget funded in part by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. It is co-funded by eight organizations (SSPA, SES Europe, Diab, Lloyd’s Register, Aqualiner, Leclanché, Echandia Marine and BJB/Latitude Yachts). To illustrate its eco-friendly credentials, if BB Green was a diesel-powered vessel, it would use about 4.8 liters of fuel per nautical mile while traveling at 30kts, while a similar vessel with a conventional hull would use 10-11 liters per nautical mile.
Source: Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo via hellenicshippingnews

MAN to Acquire 40% Stake in Firm Offering Electric and Hybrid Systems

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MAN) has announced that it is set to acquire a 40 percentparticipation in Canada-based Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), which specialises in power supply, energy management, and drive systems for marine applications.
"The partnership with AKA is a key element in our strategy to strengthen our role as technological forerunner in the field of marine propulsion," said Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN.
"AKA's specialised expertise links battery storage systems and marine engines. The new cooperation marks an important step on the way to further establish ourselves as a principal system supplier for energy management on board ships."
The investment is said to align with MAN's strategic development programme, Basecamp 3000+, which was launched in 2016.
The partnership with AKA is a key element in our strategy to strengthen our role as technological forerunner
Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO, MAN
"As the world's premiere designer and manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, MAN Diesel & Turbo is the perfect partner for us," said Jason Aspin, Managing Director of AKA.
"We benefit not only from the global prestige of the brand, its global sales network and customer base, but also from the top-class engineering and machine building competence in the fields of engines, exhaust gas after treatment and gas and propulsion systems."
On Friday, MAN announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with MM-Offshore intended to support ship performance enhancement.







Visedo signs two electrical-equipment deals

Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma

Visedo, a Finnish manufacturer of electric drivetrains for heavy-duty vehicles and vessels, said it formed partnerships with two companies to develop new electrically powered winches and propulsion systems for the marine industry.
At this year’s Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Visedo announced the agreements with Kongsberg Evotec and Veth Propulsion.
As part of the agreement with Kongsberg, Visedo will develop and produce fully integrated electric deck-handling winches to replace traditional hydraulic versions, allowing Kongsberg to offer electric winches with full system integration and control.
Working with Veth Propulsion, Visedo will produce electrically powered thrusters that feature Visedo’s permanent magnet motor technology. The two companies have co-developed the Integrated L-Drive, a compact, high-efficiency electric propulsion unit with power output that ranges from 300kW to 1,325kW. The propulsion system has already been ordered for many projects that are under construction.
“We’re proud to be offering the marine industry more options to fully electrify their on-board equipment and lessen fuel costs and associated emissions,” Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma said in a statement. “The revolution to electrify more marine applications rolls on.”
Regarding the partnership with Veth, Rauma said, “As well as delivering hybrid and electric solutions for primary propulsion solutions of marine vessels, Visedo is now ensuring thruster power can be delivered with zero emissions and lower fuel costs. The collaboration made sense after both companies witnessed the growing demand in high-efficiency compact electric propulsion solutions that reduce fuel costs and associated emissions for the marine operator and overall industry.”
“We are happy to work closely with Visedo in getting new innovative solutions into the marine handling market,” said Steinar Aabelvik, general manager of Kongsberg Evotec. “In particular we are very much focused on developing weight- and space-saving solutions that, at the same time, remain competitive.”
Earlier this year Visedo helped launch Asia’s first hybrid electric passenger ferry in Taiwan. Last month, Finland’s first fully electric ferry was launched with a Visedo propulsion system, and the company is developing the propulsion for the first hybrid electric trimarans and the world’s largest electric ferry, The E-Ferry.

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.

via TradeOnlyToday

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.