ABC electric-hybrid system gains class approval

08 Nov 2017
Rik De Petter, marine & offshore chief executive, Bureau Veritas Belgium & Luxembourg (left) hands over approval and certification to Tim Berckmoes, CEO of Anglo Belgian Corporation

Rik De Petter, marine & offshore chief executive, Bureau Veritas Belgium & Luxembourg (left) hands over approval and certification to Tim Berckmoes, CEO of Anglo Belgian Corporation

Bureau Veritas has awarded its first ‘Electric-Hybrid’ notation to Anglo Belgian Corporation’s (ABC) hybrid propulsion concept.

The class society also issued type approval, meaning that the company can now offer hybrid systems for workboats without seeking individual class approvals. In collaboration with other partners it can now act as a system integrator for complete propulsion packages – a new line of business for the medium-speed engine manufactuer.

Tim Berckmoes, CEO, Anglo Belgian Corporation, said: “The BV certificate confirms that our hybrid system is solid and reliable with sufficient redundancies. This offers our clients and extra technological advantage leading to zero emissions, higher performance and greater flexibility.”

In combination with ABC’s largest engines – the DL series, which will shortly include a sixteen-cylinder vee engine with a power output of up to 12MW – the company can offer hybrid arrangements of 15MW through a single drivetrain.

Berckmoes told The Motorship that the company offers several hybrid technologies including shaft generators, permanent magnet motors and energy storage systems for AC or DC systems. The company currently works with three battery suppliers although it may reduce this to two at a later stage.

ABC’s hybrid experience includes the compressed natural gas and solar-powered Dutch ferry Texelstroom. Berckmoes revealed that the company is currently in discussion with five potential clients regarding hybrid propulsion systems.