ABS issues hybrid power systems advisory

08 Mar 2017

An Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems has been published by ABS to provide owners and operators with information needed to make decisions about energy generation and storage.

With the increased industry focus on environmental compliance and operational performance, many owners and operators in the marine and offshore industries are shifting their attention to electric propulsion and nonconventional sources of power.

Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO, said: “ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric power technologies.”

He added: “As a technology leader, ABS always looks ahead at new innovations and offers guidance in safe and effective applications.”

In developing this Advisory, ABS took a measured approach to evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages, challenges and level of readiness for the primary hybrid electric power systems and components that are most suited for marine and offshore applications.

The list of technologies addressed in the Advisory includes lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, flywheel energy storage, fuel cells, wind and solar.

ABS worked with Sandia National Laboratories and other project partners to study the technical, economic and regulatory feasibility of building a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell powered, high-speed passenger vessel.

The SF-BREEZE. ABS issued a conditional Approval in Principle for this novel concept, verifying that the design would comply with applicable regulations and rules.

This work with Sandia Labs and the project team provided practical knowledge that was integrated directly into development of the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems.

In developing the Advisory, we looked beyond the marine and offshore industries to determine how other sectors, like electric utilities and aerospace, have applied nonconventional power to products,” said Howard Fireman, ABS chief technology officer.

He concluded: “This Advisory demonstrates our broad approach to analysing information – identifying and evaluating how technology transfer can deliver comprehensive and practical tools for the marine and offshore industries.”

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