PBES (Plan B Energy Storage) has been awarded certification to the ISO 9001:2015 standard by DNV GL Business Assurance Norway AS.
“Our goal is to provide our customers with the safest, highest-quality industrial energy storage products,” said Brent Perry, CEO, PBES. “By obtaining the ISO 9001:2015 certification, we are demonstrating our commitment to our clients’ successes, as well as our dedication to making our own organisation more efficient. As a result, we can better serve our customers and make our own operations more efficient.” - November 2017
Corvus Energy has been selected as the supplier of lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for two platform supply vessels (PSVs) being retrofitted with hybrid power systems.
The Orca Energy ESS, which recently received Type Approval (Certificate No. TAE000026N, valid to August 2022) by DNV-GL for use in battery-powered or hybrid vessels and offshore units, will supply electrical power to each PSV’s propulsion system electrical network to enable environmentally friendly, lower-cost operations. The two Havila-owned vessels are part of a larger group of PSVs that were awarded long-term charter contracts by Statoil, on the condition that they convert to hybrid power operations using batteries. - November 2017
Bakker Sliedrecht has been awarded a contract for the engineering, delivery and commissioning of the main electrical power package of the offshore installation vessel Orion. The DP3 vessel will be built at COSCO Qidong in China and delivered to DEME subsidiary GeoSea in 2019. It will then be deployed by GeoSea for the construction of large offshore wind farms and to deliver offshore construction services.
With a total installed electrical power of 44,180kW, Orion will be equipped with a high-tech
crane with a lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes at more than 50m. The loads can be lifted to
a height of more than 170m.
- November 2017
ABB has announced it will deliver its first fuel cell system to be piloted on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. This will be the first fuel cell system to provide an energy source for a luxury cruise ship.
The pilot installation, including control, converter and transformer technology from ABB, will generate 100kW of energy, and has been fully developed, marinised, assembled and tested by ABB Marine & Ports. - November 2017
Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat operators, has ordered two 24m diesel-electric catamarans from shipyard GS Marine. Upon entering service, the vessels will be the world’s first hybrid catamarans to be used in commercial traffic.
Designed by naval architect Ingebjørn Aasheim, the catamarans will accommodate 86 passengers and be capable of speeds of up to 20kts. They will enter operation on two different routes in Røværsambandet, Norway, from 1 January 2019, between Haugesund and Røvær, and between Feøy, Haugesund and Kveitevik. - November 2017
Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed a contract with Havyard Design & Solutions to deliver a complete diesel-electric propulsion solution for Esvagt’s new HD 831 service operation vessel.
The scope of delivery comprises six generators (615-990kW); two main propulsion motors (1,000kW); two electric motors for tunnel thrusters (1,200kW); Quadro Drive frequency converters; main switchboard (690V-440V-230V); EMSB (690/230V); transformers; blackout safety system; and remote assistance system. In addition, NES is responsible for engineering and commissioning of the system. - November 2017
Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), a leading European manufacturer of medium-speed engines, has been issued with approval and a new notation by Bureau Veritas (BV) for its hybrid propulsion solutions.
The approval, which incorporates BV’s new Electric-Hybrid notation – released in July – enables the company to offer serial hybrid propulsion systems with various options – including main engines, complete generator sets, power management systems, alternative power sources and complete propulsion packages – for workboats. Thus, ABC’s propulsion systems offer the three modes described in the new BV notation, namely, PM (Power Management mode), PB (Power Backup mode) and ZE (Zero Emission mode). - November 2017
Siemens will supply – on behalf of Louisiana-based Gulf Islands Shipyard – the propulsion system for a Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) operated by Oregon State University (OSU).
The new ship will be equipped with Siemens’ BlueDrive Plus C diesel-electric propulsion (DEP) system from Siemens. The scope of delivery also includes the thrusters, the jet engines and the dynamic positioning system as well as the EcoMain remote diagnostic system, diesel generator units, switchgear and power distribution systems, alarm and monitoring systems.
- November 2017
Rolls-Royce has unveiled a luxury yacht concept designed to showcase the advantages of LNG fuel and battery-electric power in the marine leisure market.
Designed for 12+ passengers and 12 crew, the 62m Crystal Blue is based on a composite or aluminium hull operating a powerplant based on Rolls-Royce’s hybrid LNG/battery SAVe-CUBE system configuration. The machinery consists of twin LNG-fuelled 16V4000 MTU M65-N generator sets working in parallel with a battery bank to provide 1MWh of genset-free power during port stays. Two low-weight carbon Azipull thrusters provide propulsive power to achieve maximum service speeds of 20kts.
- November 2017
Climate and energy technologies producer Danfoss has announced its acquisition of Finnish electric systems manufacturer Visedo Oy, integrating the company into Danfoss’s Power Solutions business segment. The acquisition includes all Visedo subsidiaries globally and a design and manufacturing site at its headquarters in Lappeenranta. - November 2017
Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a long-term lease with Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company to relocate its headquarters operations to the Salmisaari district of Helsinki.
Wärtsilä will be moving from Hakaniemi to Salmisaari during summer 2018, providing a modern, nearly 11,000m2 workspace for all of its almost 500 employees working in the capital city area. Eniram, which was acquired by Wärtsilä in the summer of 2016 and is currently based in the Lauttasaari district, will also move into the new premises. - October 2017
Corvus Energy has been selected by Wärtsilä as the supplier of a lithium-ion-based energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s first full-service hybrid fish farm processing and transport vessel. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the vessel's propulsion system to enable environmentally friendly and lower-cost operations. - October 2017
The Switch and CSIC/711 – the only R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China – have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to provide profitable power generation and drivetrain solutions, including hybrid and battery solutions, to CSIC/711’s clients in the Chinese market.
The agreement is significant, as The Switch is one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with a leading Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate. CSIC/711 operates under the direct jurisdiction of state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), one of China’s largest shipbuilding and ship repair groups. - October 2017
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has received DNV GL type approval of its energy storage system for use in commercial marine, offshore and gas and renewable energy applications.
The approval means that the system, which features cell level liquid cooling, a thermal anti-propagation barrier, gas venting and battery cell re-coring, meets class standards for safety and reliability. - October 2017
Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed a contract with Havila for two new Quest-2 energy storage systems. The systems will be installed on board Havila Charisma, a Havyard design, HD833L, which was built at Havyard Ship Technology in December 2012, and on board Havila Foresight, an MT 60120 MKII, designed by Marin Teknikk and delivered in December 2007.
Both vessels will be retrofitted with battery containers with an energy capacity of 625kWh and possibilities for extension to 750kWh. The Quest-2 system will be utilised in three different modes: transit/steaming, standby/harbour and dynamic positioning (DP). According to NES, the customer can now expect average savings of 15-20%, with 5-10% offered in transit mode, 20% in standby/harbour mode and 25-30% in DP mode. - October 2017
ABB is to provide its Azipod propulsion system for a new Viking Line cruise ferry to be built in China. The order represents the first installation of Azipod propulsion in a cruise-ferry application. The vessel is to be built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry. The additional scope of ABB’s supply includes electrical power generation and distribution systems, and bow thruster motors.
Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the 13-deck, 63,000 gross ton, 2,800-passenger capacity ship will connect the Finnish port of Turku, the Åland Islands and Stockholm in Sweden Sweden. According to Viking Line, Azipod electrical propulsion is well suited to the high efficiency and fast turnaround required to navigate the archipelago between Finland and Sweden. - October 2017
Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide electric propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice-classified superyacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi.
Rolls-Royce’s electric propulsion technology will enable the vessel to travel up to 6,000 nautical miles at 12kts and to reach a top speed of 17kts. The company’s SAVE Cube system allows the engines to be operated at variable speeds, increasing efficiency and reducing fuel consumption in the different operating conditions. Placing drives, frequency converter and switchboard in a single cabinet also allows easier installation and saves space. - October 2017
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has been awarded the contract to provide the energy storage system aboard Norwegian electric fish farm vessel Elfrida. In operation since February 2017, the vessel provides up to 12kts speed and a full eight-hour shift per charge. - September 2017
MAN Diesel & Turbo and Aspin Kemp Associates (AKA) have received an order in connection with the building of a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency.
Delivery is scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg and marks the first collaboration between the two partners since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought a 40% share in AKA in June 2017. The order comprises four MAN 7L21/31 gensets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order covering: the complete 690V main switchboard; 690V-to-400V transformers; electric motors for main props and thrusters; frequency converters for electric motors; and the drive control and power-management systems. - September 2017
ABB will optimise the safety and environmental credentials of a new Louis Dreyfus Armateurs wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) by installing Onboard DC Grid power distribution to help enable cost-efficient integration of batteries. The hybrid system enables operation with fewer running generators.
The Onboard DC Grid will integrate two sets of batteries used primarily for spinning reserve and peak shaving. The whole power system is controlled by an integrated power and energy management system, enabling the generators to run at variable speeds and charge the batteries. - September 2017
Technology group Wärtsilä will supply a range of products and solutions for six new 1160TEU container feeder vessels to be built at the Fujian Mawei shipyard in China.
The project has been developed by MarLink Project Management in Germany together with various investors. This series of container ships has been designed by German design office ABH Ingenieur-Technik. There are options for a further six vessels. - September 2017
Skagit County in the US state of Washington has selected Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten to design an all-electric vehicle/passenger ferry to replace current vessel M/V Guemes.
M/V Guemes has provided service between Anacortes and Guemes Island, WA since 1979, and is nearing the end of its economically useful life. With a capacity of 99 passengers and 21 vehicles, the vessel forms a primary mode of transit for residents of and visitors to Guemes Island.
- September 2017
Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed its first energy storage solution contract with ship owner Skansi Offshore. The battery pack, a 20in containerised solution, will be installed on board Skansi offshore platform supply vessel Sjoborg.
The battery pack will provide enough power to supply the entire vessel’s requirements should a generator failure occur during DP operations, and the vessel will be able to move safely away from hazardous areas of operation under battery power alone.
- September 2017
Corvus Energy has been selected by Norwegian maritime electronics firm Elmarin AS as the supplier of lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for three new hybrid fishing vessels.
The company’s Orca Energy ESS will supply electrical power to the fishing vessels’ propulsion systems and electrical networks. Each vessel’s ESS will have a capacity of approximately 250kWh, which will be utilised during many aspects of the fishing vessel operations. The vessels are expected to be delivered in mid-2018. - September 2017
Kongsberg has signed a research and innovation (R&I) contract with technology acceleration organisation PILOT-E for the development of zero-emission, full-electric autonomous ferry concepts.
The PILOT-E programme, a collaboration between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovasjon Norge and Enova, is designed to accelerate time to market for new technology concepts, while at the same time ensuring that the solutions produced are viable and sustainable. Its goal is to ensure that the benefits of advanced projects result in actual deliveries to the market. - September 2017
A universal inverter developed by Bosch Rexroth has been approved for use in ships and offshore equipment by two international maritime classification organisations.
The IndraDrive ML universal inverter underwent testing by both DNV GL and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The tests examined the reliability of the IndraDrive ML at various temperatures, levels of humidity and vibrations, as well as its electromagnetic compatibility and environmental impact. Following these, Bosch Rexroth’s modular design system was declared type-approved. - September 2017
The UK Government has committed to help fund innovative technologies and fuels to reduce maritime emissions and create a zero-emissions sector.
The government, in partnership with industry, has committed to spending more than US$8m on funding trials of innovative energy-saving devices, such as state-of-the-art propellers. onboard waste heat recovery and rotor sails that use wind power to cut fuel consumption. - September 2017
Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo have developed the eJET Concept, a full-electric tender that is said to offer a single fuel type on board, no oil changes, increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.
The eJET Concept reportedly performed strongly in testing both in performance and reliability, leading Avon and Torqeedo to further collaborate on a commercial range of eJETs that will be available for sale in 2019. - September 2017
Rolls-Royce has revealed plans for an electric autonomous, single-role, naval vessel with a range of 3,500 nautical miles.
The vessel concept is capable of operating beyond the horizon for over 100 days, will displace 700 tons and reach speeds above 25kts. The 60m-long vessel is designed to perform a range of single-role missions, such as patrol and surveillance, mine detection or fleet screening. - September 2017
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined a project to build the world’s largest sailing cargo ship. The Quadriga sustainable shipping project, an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, outlines a plan to build a 170m car carrier vessel capable of carrying 1,700-2,000 cars. - August 2017
Wightlink’s new US$38.5m hybrid car ferry for the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route in the UK will be named Victoria of Wight. The name was chosen by a panel of staff who considered 186 suggestions from 73 members of staff. - August 2017
Eivind Aune, who has spent the last eight years as an owner and CEO of Sifa Mechanical Production in Selbu, Norway, has joined Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) to develop energy storage markets.
- August 2017
The Port of Long Beach (PLB), in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbour craft to cleaner forms of propulsion. - August 2017
Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has announced that it will supply its Odin’s Eye DC grid system technology to five ferries being built for operator Fjord1. Exceeding the US$63m mark, the contract is the largest in the company’s history. - August 2017
Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design and hybrid propulsion solution for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway. - August 2017
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced that Arnstein Andreassen has joined the company to develop marine energy storage markets. - July 2017
Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a shipping company based in Singapore for the supply of its Aquarius management and automation (MAS)+ Solar solution. - July 2017
Glosten, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, has announced the completion of a 150-passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington. - July 2017
GE’s Marine Solutions division has been chosen by rescue and salvage company Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB) to provide power and propulsion equipment, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation and control systems to its newest deep-water dive support vessel (DSV). - July 2017
Hamburg-based transport company HADAG has announced that it has put a new diesel-electric harbour ferry into operation - July 2017
Bureau Veritas (BV) has issued a new chapter in its rules providing a framework for electric and hybrid power solutions. The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards. - July 2017
Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards a contract to construct two new diesel-electric ferries. - June 2017
Finnish electric drive manufacturer The Switch has delivered its first DC-Hub to UK ferry operator Wightlink for installation into its flagship new-build diesel-electric hybrid ferry. - June 2017
Hexagon Composites has finalised a joint-venture agreement with Nel and PowerCell Sweden for the development of integrated hydrogen projects in the maritime and marine segments. - June 2017
Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has placed an order in excess of US$117m for the construction of five new diesel-electric ferries at Havyard Ship Technology’s shipyard in Leirvik i Sogn. - June 2017
A wind service operation vessel (WSOV) under construction for French owner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs at Cemre shipyard in Turkey will feature MAN Diesel & Turbo’s EPROX (Energy Saving Electric Propulsion System). - June 2017
Shipbuilder Vard Holdings has secured a contract for the design and construction of a diesel-electric research expedition vessel (REV) for Rosellinis Four-10, a company owned by Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke. - June 2017
Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. - June 2017
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has announced that the Gee’s Bend Ferry will be transformed from diesel-powered into a battery-electric vessel. The conversion is a joint federal-state project with a US$1m grant through the US Environmental Protection Agency. - May 2017
Corvus Energy has been awarded a 10-year service and maintenance agreement for the entire Scandlines hybrid ferry fleet. The multi-year contract includes both conventional service and maintenance of the fleet’s energy storage systems, plus Corvus’s remote condition-based monitoring service, Watchman. - May 2017
ABB will supply the power and electric propulsion system to BW Group’s new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), which will also be remotely connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers. - May 2017
Föri ferry, the oldest operating ferry in Finland, has become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with an electric propulsion system. The Föri initially entered service in 1904 after the city of Turku commissioned local shipyard Aktiebolaget Vulcan to build a city commuter ferry to take passengers across the Aura River to Åbo. It was officially relaunched last month. - May 2017