Preliminary Conference Programme

Day 1: Wednesday 27 June

Keynote Presentations


Prof John Carlton
Professor of Marine Engineering
City University London

Keynote speakers will be announced shortly

Advances in Electric and Hybrid Propulsion


Prof John Carlton
Professor of Marine Engineering
City University London

FC Green – the fastest fuel-cell ferry in the world?

Magnus Eriksson
Echandia Marine
Based on the stunning performance of the BB Green vessel, the fastest battery-driven passenger ferry in the world, Echandia is now taking the next step. For particular long-range journeys, and operations where frequent battery charging is not possible, the fuel-cell system offers outstanding performance. Echandia Marine will present the latest news on the development of this joint Canadian and Scandinavian project.

Advanced variable drive marine propulsion system.

Igor Strashny
Advanced marine propulsion development manager
The presentation will focus on the Cat AVD system, which represents the latest innovation in the marine propulsion space. AVD is a patented system that leverages extensive experience with heavy-duty continuously variable transmission (CVT) technology, advanced controls and power system integration knowledge. The presentation will focus on the historical perspective of various marine hybrid solutions and the differentiated advantages offered by the AVD for a wide array of vessel types.

10MW direct-drive propulsion motor for commercial applications

Dr Russel Marvin
LC Drives
Direct-drive propulsion motors have the advantage of simplicity and reliability over conventional geared offerings, but often cannot compete due to size and weight penalties. A new in-slot cooling approach is optimized for torque and efficiency and yields a motor small enough to make direct-drive propulsion attractive. This innovative approach to a liquid-cooled motor delivers higher torque density than equivalent superconducting solutions. A 10MW 130rpm base speed motor is discussed. To compare this design with other comparable designs, a performance metric – Mass Normalized Torque – is shown to be more relevant than typical metrics used for such comparisons.

Battery Safety and Optimisation


Prof John Carlton
Professor of Marine Engineering
City University London

Taking battery power to the next level in the maritime industry

Dr Ben Gully
Senior engineer
Maritime battery market penetration is quickly accelerating in many areas and DNV GL is undertaking the technical challenges to ensure that the industry can fully capitalize on its potential. This extended presentation will cover updates from the Norwegian market and updates on technical activities taking place at DNV GL; including safety with an update to Class Rules & the Maritime Battery Safety Joint Development Program, performance and capacity assessment with BatteryXT, and system integration with power system dynamics studies and Hardware in the Loop testing of BMS systems.

Thermal management for reducing battery ageing

Adrian Heuer
Fraunhofer ISE
The presentation will discuss the newest research into the Servielab batteries at Fraunhofer ISE. After showing the relationship between ambient temperature and battery ageing, strategies to optimise those effects will be discussed. By using a calorimeter, the heat fluxes are measured and different optimisation strategies are developed and tested. After presenting test results from the lab, positive and negative examples of operation strategies will be shown.

Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery systems for marine applications

Dr Aaron Sathrum
General Atomics
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has developed an innovative Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFTTM) battery system for use in manned and unmanned marine applications to provide a safe high-energy-density solution. The LiFTTM battery has been approved for use by the US Navy and achieved Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV-GL) classification. The system is capable of surviving a catastrophic cell failure without propagating to neighbouring cells, ensuring the safety of personnel and equipment. GA-EMS' modular design can accommodate different form factors and power requirements. Its architecture allows for rapid development of affordable and safety-certifiable lithium-ion battery systems.

Battery-hybrid vessels: optimised sizing to fit the application

Dr Susanne Lehner
Head of hybrid and battery systems
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE
To form the optimum hybrid system of diesel engine and batteries for the drivetrain, or to fulfil the hotel load, detailed knowledge of the capabilities of batteries and engines is mandatory. This particularly incorporates the ageing effects of battery cells in order to choose an adequate cycling regime and install only the actually needed capacity at the same time. This work will show the sizing process on a reference vessel and explain the necessary optimisation parameters in more detail.

Improved safety of lithium-ion batteries through smarter sensing

Steve Cummings
Senior applications engineer
Li-ion Tamer products improve the safety and reliability of lithium-ion battery systems by providing a unique perspective on battery health. Nexceris provides smart sensing by integrating off-gas monitoring, as well as other sensing methods, into lithium-ion battery systems. The company provides sensing redundancy that allows safe integration of Li-ion batteries. Li-ion Tamer products give peace of mind to shipbuilders who want to integrate lithium-ion battery technology. The technology provides an early warning of battery failure that can help save facilities, equipment and lives.

Safe by design: the new standard in energy storage systems

Walter van der Pennen
Development manager
Energy storage systems (ESS) are increasingly widely accepted as part of the ship's power system. The requirements and advantages differ depending on the type of ship. One requirement shared by all ships is the need for a safe ESS. Four factors influence the safety of an ESS: lack of control during (dis)-charge of the ESS, cell malfunctioning, cell heating by external heat source, short circuit. EST-Floattech will present its ‘Safe by Design’ safety philosophy, which takes care of these factors and resulted in a new safety standard for ESS.

Day 2: Thursday 28 June

Power Management


Prof John Carlton
Professor of Marine Engineering
City University London

Smart power and automation system for lightweight full-electric passenger vessel

Frode Skaar
Westcon Power & Automation
Future of the Fjords will be the world’s first all-electric passenger catamaran built from carbon. The 40m-long vessel will take up to 400 tourists into the fjord between Flam and Gudvangen – a fjord that is on the Unesco's list of world heritage sites. During the 20-minute docking, an advanced charging station will charge the batteries with approximately 800kWh of energy. Low and zero emissions will be a requirement for ferries and smaller vessels. Short ferry crossings are particularly suitable for running on electric power, and the technology and expertise are available.

Multidomain methods to better understand and verify vessel power requirements

John Koopman
Propulsion Data Services Inc
Vessels with scheduled routes are fairly simple to analyse with respect to power requirements. Many types of small to medium-size work vessels have what appear to be highly random power requirements and schedules, making realistic optimisation for electric and hybrid systems difficult. The presentation will discuss a process of acquiring operating data of a ubiquitous work boat for multiple months at a sub-second rate. Data includes all main systems, subsystems and navigational data. Multidomain analysis of the data provides insight into which electric or hybrid systems are most promising. As a verification of concept, promising systems are run against the original data.

The innovative Power Take-Off and Power Take-In – its intricacies

Dr Makhlouf Benatmane
Marine navy solutions leader
GE Power Conversion
The shipping industry requires more-efficient, cleaner vessels, meeting stringent environment regulations and reducing carbon emissions. The development of technologies and selection of power and propulsion systems such as innovative Power Take-Off and Power Take-In to meet the ship’s operational profile and service load can result in achieving above goals, significant fuel savings and operational flexibility. The solution consists of motor-generator sets with propeller shafts connecting motor converter drives. The paper will describe PTO/PTI equipment, topology, modes of operation in each mode and how different modes are reversed, including results from real ship application.

Agile power management systems for marine vessels

Dr Chris Watts
Technology acquisition lead
Babcock DST
An agile power management system for marine vessels is presented by a Babcock-led consortium with the University of Warwick (WMG) and Potenza Technology Ltd. The aim of this Innovate-UK-funded project is to take advances in automotive energy management techniques and develop a modular marine power management system, addressing the latest guidance and legislation for marine applications. The system employs novel power management algorithms developed using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) modelling techniques. Capable of interfacing energy storage with multiple power sources and loads, the algorithms seek to maximise overall efficiency by improving prime-mover operational envelopes, hence reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Hybrid energy and propulsion system for vessels in timetabled operation

Martin Einsiedler
Head of naval architecture and engineering
Shiptec AG
In new designs or refits for inland waterways, the energy consumption of the propulsion and onboard systems is becoming the focus of attention. After ample measurements of multiple operational profiles, Shiptec AG determined that a new parallel hybrid system with battery buffer will be the optimal solution to reduce fuel consumption in timetabled operation by up to 25%. A dynamic management system controls the system in such a way that the distinct, transient processes can be smoothed out as much as possible. This allows the multiple diesel engines to work at their most efficient operating point or, at times, to be shut off.

Nanocrystalline cores for reduction of EMC in ship propulsion

Dr Wulf Günther
Manager, magnetic components
The presentation will discuss minimising RF disturbances in marine applications by utilising nanocrystalline cores around the cabling between inverters and electric motors. With nanocrystalline cores it is relatively easy to reduce the EMC parts in electric propulsion, without creating additional earth faults. RF disturbance may even cause damaged bearings, so avoidance is needed. Furthermore, earth fault currents can decrease the effects of cathodic protection.

Optimal energy management strategy for hybrid-electric marine vessels

Dr Truong Quang Dinh
Assistant professor
Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) - University of Warwick
In the shipping industry, traditional vessels using diesel generators have been recognised as a major target for the hybridisation/electrification evolution to address rising fuel prices and the urgent need to reduce environmental pollution. This paper aims to develop an optimal energy management strategy (OEMS) for hybrid-electric vessels. This OEMS is built as a combination of a set of rules and an optimisation algorithm based on the machine states including power demands, grid and diesel generator performances, and battery states. The applicability of the proposed OEMS is then investigated through simulations with a number of test cases.


Prof John Carlton
Professor of Marine Engineering
City University London

The inductive charger

Ingve Sorfonn
Chief expert, power conversion
The inductive charging system eliminates the cable connection between the vessel and shore, thereby securing and facilitating safe connections and disconnections. It also reduces maintenance. The system is capable of transferring more than a MW of electrical energy and increases the available charging time, thus optimising the energy transfer. The system is designed to maintain efficient power transfer at distances of 50cm between the two charging plates built into the side of the vessel and the quay. No other wireless charging system is as powerful, or capable of maintaining the transfer of energy at such a distance.

Standardisation of hybrid systems for high-performance applications

Dr Gerhard Filip
Senior manager
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH
During the last decade MTU Friedrichshafen has gained valuable experience with various hybrid systems for marine and railway applications. An overview of the actual operation experience will be presented. These projects have been based on individual approaches and therefore caused significant one-time effort for the adaptation of the automation and protection systems. To achieve an attractive total cost of ownership, MTU Friedrichshafen is standardising such systems based on a portfolio of hybrid components. A standardised modular automation system is key to combine the advantages of series production with the requirements of various applications in commercial as well as recreational vessels.

Safe application of DC grids and hybrid battery systems

Helge Vandel Jensen
Development manager
Danfoss Drives AS
DC grid systems on board electric and hybrid vessels offer clear benefits in terms of reduced conversion losses, fewer problems with harmonic distortion and easy integration of battery energy storage systems to shave power peaks and allow downsizing of diesel and LNG-powered engines. This presentation will discuss the challenges with large DC short-circuit currents and potential methods to overcome these challenges.

Batteries integration on diesel-electric ships through the propulsion converters’ DC-Link

Iñigo Atutxa
Technical Director - Industry and Marine Drives
The use of batteries in electrically propelled vessels is awakening great interest. Batteries, usually integrated through power electronics converters, permit the vessel operation in fully electric mode and provide peak shaving and spinning reserve services in hybrid mode. The energy efficiency, emissions and life of the Gensets can be then significantly improved. Different ways of integrating batteries in vessel power systems are first reviewed. The advantages of integrating them through the propulsion converters’ DC-Link are highlighted. Such aspects as the better performance of the peak shaving services and the possibility of emulating virtual Gensets are presented & discussed in detail.

Testing power electronics control units

Matthias Deter
Group manager engineering
Hybrid powertrains are a key technology with regard to energy saving and environmental friendliness of modern ships. Highest efficiency requires controlling the energy flow in all involved system components. For this purpose, the specific ECUs are networked and superimposed management systems are used. Extensive testing of these complex structures is laborious. Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation enables testing at the functional, component and integration level. The solutions for HIL simulation are derived from the physical properties and require specific approaches. Depending on the target system, differential equation- and topology-based plant models can be embedded on real-time processors and FPGAs.

Integrating Maritime Power System Design and Testing Using Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop

Matt Baker
Director for Microgrids and Critical Power
Typhoon HIL Inc.
One of the key technologies for successful design, testing and (pre-) certification of the very latest and next-generation electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems is Typhoon’s Marine Microgrid Testbed which is based on Controller Hardware in the Loop (C-HIL). The Marine Microgrid Testbed is a scalable system which provides a high-fidelity, real-time insight into the behavior of control software of the entire shipboard power system – at a fraction of the time, price and effort when compared to any other testing paradigm.

Day 3: Friday 29 June

Concepts, Case Studies and Innovation


James Fanshawe

The world's largest EV – dream to reality

Chris Kruger
The potential of full-electric marine transportation has just been amplified with the installation of one of the world’s largest maritime battery packs. These are incredibly large machines for battery propulsion, and the systems have been proved effective – operationally, economically and environmentally. The presentation will discuss battery design and implementation (PBES), battery charging infrastructure, including integration of batteries in large vessels, plus the process and usability of the system.

OV Ryvingen – innovation in hybrid multipurpose vessels

Bjørn-Erik Osmark
Technical specialist – power system integration
Rolls-Royce Marine
Kristian Eikeland Holmefjord
Technical specialist – product introduction
Rolls-Royce Marine
This new hybrid vessel features a battery installation that is larger than the vessel’s main propulsion engines. Compared with the vessel size, the battery installation is the largest hybrid installation in the world, and three times the capacity of Norway’s fully electric car and passenger ferry, Ampere. The 3MWh battery installation allows for continuous operation for up to 13 hours without requiring shore or diesel engine power. The multipurpose vessel will also utilise a completely new engine-generator combination, the Dual Generator System. The presentation will introduce OV Ryvingen, and then discuss energy storage systems, case studies and system integration.

The Greek hybrid RoPax case – from ferrytale to reality

Panayotis Mitrou
Technology and innovation manager, marine and offshore, south Europe
Lloyd's Register
This presentation features an innovative all-electric twin-hull vessel design serving short sea shipping routes (15-20nm) and the development of an effective framework in the East Med area as key steps to the introduction of electricity as an alternative fuel in the marine sector. The areas that will be covered include vessel hull design, power system integration and optimisation, battery sizing, proof of techno-economic feasibility and environmental aspects. Key factors such as the introduction of a regulatory framework for electric bunkering and LR's appraisal process for hybrid ships will be highlighted as well.

First commercial module and battery fishing boat in the world

Francois Bosse
VP administration
Ocean Marine
Ocean Marine will present the world's first all-electric (battery) commercial fishing boat, which uses PBES batteries and electric components from TM4. The company will also present the first line of 110-2,000kW electric propulsion modules to be offered as turnkey solutions to the 10-1,000-ton boat industry segment.

Zero-emission urban public transport passenger boat

Federico Casagrande
Motor engineering design supervisor
Moog Italiana
Moog has contributed to the development and construction of a hydrogen fuel-powered boat for public transport in an urban environment. Its propulsion system consists of a hydrogen fuel cell engine, hybridised with high-performance lithium batteries, hydrogen storage tanks and 200kW/1,600rpm electric motors directly connected to the shaft propeller, with special inverters for motor torque regulation. Moog has expressly designed those motors and inverters with highly enhanced performance and efficiency features that ensure the boat has the autonomy, for both main and auxiliary systems, to cover high-frequency 35/40-minute journeys to and from the city centre.

A concept for a parallel hybrid propulsion system

Niklas Thulin
Director electromobility
Volvo Penta
This presentation will discuss opportunities and challenges in combining Volvo Penta’s integrated IPS and Electric Vessel Control systems with mature hybrid technology from Volvo Group’s on-road portfolio. The concept is expected to offer an attractive zero-emission-capable, high-efficiency propulsion system.

Hybridisation of research vessel propulsion

Marko Loisa
Business manager
Protacon Technologies
Aranda is an ice-strengthened research vessel suitable for multidisciplinary marine research all year round. The shipowner, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), wanted to replace the vessel’s diesel propulsion system with a hybrid drive. Since the renovation, the vessel can be driven by electricity produced by a generator connected to a diesel engine and electricity received from a powerful battery unit. By using batteries to reduce the use of diesel engines, it is possible to considerably reduce sulphur emissions. A hybrid solution also reduces noise transmitted to sea. In turn, noise reduction facilitates research of marine organisms.


Nick Lambert
NL Associates Ltd

Next-generation electric propulsion system on a zero-emission ferry

Massimo Mantovani
Industry manager - marine
Nidec Industrial Solutions
Nidec Industrial Solutions supplied a first-of-its-kind electric propulsion system that uses supercapacitors to provide energy storage in a new 147-passenger, all-electric commuter ferry. Instead of drawing on energy stored in onboard batteries, Nidec’s system relies on 128 high-capacity supercapacitors that are distributed throughout the two hulls of the catamaran. The supercapacitors supplied by Nidec make it possible to recharge the system in just four minutes – approximately the same amount of time it takes passengers to enter and leave the boat. This non-polluting electric ferry emits no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases.

Ellen – 100% electrically powered ferry for passengers and vehicles

Hanna Huppunen
Visedo Oy
The world's largest electric ferryboat will be powered by a Visedo system and will be introduced in 2018. The ferry will be launched in November 2017 to transport vehicles and passengers for the route of 10.7 nautical miles from the Danish island of Aeroe to Fynshav on the mainland. It is on the Top 5 project list of the EU Horizon 2020 initiative, which is part of the Danish Natura project that provides local people with green transportation. Visedo joined the E-Ferry project team in 2015 following the successful development and deployment of electric propulsion systems for hybrid marine applications.

Full-electric production pleasure boat

Dr Japec Jakopin
J&J Design
Dr Christoph Ballin
Co-founder and CEO
Torqeedo GmbH
J&J Design, with its decade of experience in hybrid-powered pleasure boating, joined forces with the world leader in electric propulsion, Torqeedo. The result is a new design of a full-electric 30-footer engineered for high-volume production. The design of the boat (naval architecture, general arrangement, programme) was fully integrated with engineering of the propulsion system, energy storage and management for efficiency and value optimisation. The new double-speed hybrid hull design couples low-drag displacement speed and fast planing speed, both achieved by high-voltage electric outboard power. The propulsion, energy storage, charging and management systems come from the automotive world, and give unbeatable value and reliability. A range extender provides longer range and propulsion redundancy. A range of standard AC-powered home appliances, air-conditioning, etc. enable home comforts and convenience on board. A newly developed energy management system integrates the propulsion and home comforts energy needs, replenishment and control. The new boat is improving the boating experience while making it more affordable. This creates a firm base to increase the boating population and make boating more sustainable and green at the same time.

The USA's first electrics

Jon Diller
Development manager
Spear Power Systems
In the summer of 2018, two important ships will enter service in the United States: the country's first all-electric battery-operated ferry, and her first plug-in electric hybrid. Both will operate in the southeastern USA, a surprising geography to some for a green initiative. Spear Power Systems is providing energy storage for each vessel. The presentation will describe the vessels; the factors influencing their design and choice of propulsion; the process by which they were inspired, conceived and born; and their impact on this burgeoning market for electric propulsion, including vessels they may inspire.

The battery-powered fleet

Sondre Henningsgård
Managing director
Maritime Battery Forum
The description of this presentation will be added shortly
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change





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