Shipbuilder Austal Australia has launched its Volta series of electric-powered high-speed ferry solutions, with the introduction of the Passenger Express 46V, a fully electric, 46m catamaran ferry design.
Austal says the Volta series is distinct from existing electric-powered vessels in the marketplace as its design goes beyond the replacement of diesel engines with an electric (battery) powerplant, offering a completely integrated design, construction and support solution – including on-shore charging infrastructure and in-service support programs for operators.
The vessels will feature an all-new, lightweight, low-resistance hull form, specifically designed and optimized for electric-power propulsion. Austal notes that it can provide operators with a fully customized design and ‘turnkey’ solution, considering passenger numbers, vessel schedules and charging infrastructure.
Corvus Energy has introduced a standardized ISO footprint, containerized battery room solution, the Corvus BOB, which the company says provides maximum flexibility for battery-on-board (BOB) vessel applications.
The BOB is a standardized, class-approved, modular battery room solution available in 3m and 6m ISO high-cube container sizes. The complete energy storage system (ESS) comes with battery modules, battery monitoring system (BMS), cooling, TR exhaust, and firefighting and detection system. According to Corvus, its “plug-and-play battery room” simplifies integration into any system integrator’s power management system on board a ship.
Although Corvus started work on a container concept back in 2016, energy company Shell has been the major driving force behind a push toward modular and standardized thinking.
Five companies – Alfa Laval, DTU Energy, Haldor Topsøe, Svitzer and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping – have announced they are entering into a joint project to accelerate the development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology.
Funded by a grant from the Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program), the partners say they will pursue a high-efficiency solution with the scalability to support marine industry decarbonization.
The project, SOFC4Maritime, will target better utilization of future green fuels via the application of SOFCs for power generation on marine vessels. When based on fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen or biomethane, SOFCs are claimed to hold great promise as a replacement for current fossil fuels.
MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) has joined the Hydrogen Council, a global industry body, as a steering member in a move that it hopes will foster cross-sector collaboration to accelerate research and development related to clean hydrogen-derived fuels and solutions.
The group says this is part of a wider approach to decarbonization, which has already seen the company expand the use of biofuels as a blended marine fuel.
“MSC is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen fuels for shipping,” said Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs at MSC.
Yara Marine Technologies, which started its Yara Marine X program in September last year, has announced a winner, Phoenician Energy.
“Phoenician Energy’s use of aluminum-air battery technology for the maritime industry triggered our scientists’ curiosity. Their container battery is especially interesting. The concept taps in to several recent trends and developments, such as circular economy and electrification of marine vessels. We believe this technology may have an important role to play in a greener maritime industry for future generations,” said Thomas Koniordos, CEO of Yara Marine Technologies.
Phoenician Energy licenses aluminum-air battery technology and adapts it to marine applications.
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Corvus Energy has received an order from Wärtsilä to supply four energy storage systems (ESS) to equip the offshore support vessel fleet operated by Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf.
The orders follow the successful sea trial of Harvey Energy, the first-ever LNG-battery hybrid retrofit of a platform supply vessel (PSV) in the Americas, and operated by Harvey Gulf. The company’s CEO, Shane Guidry, reported that clients and investors are increasingly demanding energy efficiency and emissions reduction: “This fleet of vessels will be crucial in assisting our clients’ efforts to achieve net carbon zero, and we will continue to listen to them and invest in technology that will assist with their goals.”
Wärtsilä will integrate the battery-based ESSs, each with a capacity of 745kWh, into its LNG-fueled hybrid-electric propulsion system.
After delivering hybrid ferry Gaarden in July 2020 and the fully electric ferry Düsternbrook, which will enter operations early this year, Holland Shipyards Group has signed a contract to build three additional hybrid vessels for Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK).
The design of the three additional vessels will follow that of the Gaarden. The ferries will measure 32.40m by 8.80m and will be equipped with a hybrid drivetrain that can be powered by either generators or a battery-based energy storage system (ESS). The first two ferries will be delivered in February and May 2022 and the last in early 2026.