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Consortium researches hybrid propulsion system

Posted 9 December 2015 · Add Comment

A business-led collaborative project is being developed to further improve the benefits (lower fuel costs, reduced emissions) marine vessels gain from switching to a hybrid propulsion system.



The research project - HyFES (Hybrid Fusion Energy System) - is following an innovative approach of combining multiple battery technologies and sub systems within a vessel which allows existing products to be retrofitted as low carbon hybrid vessels.

The consortium will work within this research project to develop the technological foundation which uses data based prognostic algorithms to ensure optimal operation of the system assets. It will also work on the initial system integration and test.

A further focus will be to ensure vessels make operational decisions based on through life costs of assets rather than focusing solely on fuel saving. The HyFES architecture is scalable and adaptable to various sectors and represents the next generation of performance and asset management.

The project is being led by Denchi Power and brings together a consortium that spans the complete supply chain including Heriot-Watt and Southampton Universities, the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI), Custom and Contract Power Solutions (CCPS), Ferguson Marine Engineering and MBNA Thames Clippers. Denchi’s focus is to develop a modular lithium-ion battery system that is scalable to >1MWh and incorporates prognostic algorithms to improve the lifetime of the battery.

 

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