Experts Highlight Viable Power and Propulsion Solutions for Next Generation Vessels

Lithium-ion battery expert Dr John Warner is presenting at the NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference at the Grand Harbour, Southampton on 18 and 19 April 2018.

All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event. The fast moving sessions bring together a dynamic group with the main focus on vessels in the sub IMO sectors. As most new power technology is proving to be scalable, this knowledge is increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes.

Dr Warner has over 25 years experience in the automotive and battery industries. This month he has been elected as the 2018 President of industry trade group NATTBatt International, the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries. He can answer many of the burning questions that will help the marine industry offer fast to market solutions along with high levels of safety for passenger ferries, workboats, patrol craft and superyacht tenders.

Automotive manufacturers including Tesla and BMW are re-defining the energy possibilities for land transport. Hybrid systems are now commercially available and operating successfully in fleets around the world. Tenders are coming out for hybrid vessels as cities including London, Paris and Amsterdam aim to reduce emissions.

Commercial and military organisations are starting to ask boat builders for hybrid battery-electric options. Lithium-ion energy storage is making significant headway on maritime vessels and off-shore platforms, as well as in port-side applications including cargo handling systems. Energy density has more than doubled since the technology was first introduced. Smart energy storage systems can now offer enough fuel and maintenance savings to pay for themselves in just a few years.

Other presentations include James Fanshawe CBE looking at ‘Power and Propulsion Requirements for Autonomous Vessels and Smart Port Energy’ and Captain Muhammad Shafique highlighting ‘Alternative Fuels for Propulsion and Emissions Control’. Graeme Hawksley of Hybrid Marine shares his experience of ‘Developing a Commercial Passenger Fleet Utilising Hybrid Battery-Electric Systems’. Dan Kyle Spearman of The Carbon Trust examines ‘The Potential for Hybrid and Low Emission Solutions in Offshore Wind’.

This is not just green energy for the sake of it as NEXT GEN Marine Power focuses on viable business cases and efficient engineering solutions that lead to lower operating costs. Attendees include commercial, professional and military organisations, boat operators, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, naval architects, systems integrators and maritime legislators. Supporters include EnerDel, British Marine, UK Maritime Pilots, YBDSA, SSA, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University.

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