The project POSE²IDON - Power Optimised Ship for Environment with Electric Innovative Designs ON board –is a four year 23MEuro project part funded under the European Commission’s FP7 programme which started in January 2009. Defence Services Limited, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is heading a consortium of 30 companies to investigate the commercially effective application of electric ship technology.
The project aims to provide a working guide on how to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the combined European commercial shipping fleet and to enhance the electric ship concept so that it can be applied to a wider range of vessels than is currently the case. The principal barrier to adoption of the electric ship concept in smaller merchant ships is the size of the generating equipment and propulsion motor. Additionally electric auxiliaries, wireless technology and fail safe power distribution will be studied.
The Pose2idon consortium is focusing on achieving size reduction through the development of new technologies across all aspects of marine electrical engineering. A key element of this will be the application of state of the art High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) technology that will allow for smaller principal electrical components and an increase in efficiency.
Another important area being studied is the application of harbour shore electrical supplies. Currently the common practice is for merchant ships to run lightly loaded mechanical generators in harbour, threatening the environment in a sensitive zone. The lack of any propulsion load prevents loading the generators more effectively. The answer is to supply the ship with electricity from shore connections. This does not need technological innovation but the widespread adoption of shore supplies and standardisation of connectors.
Official Website: www.poseidon-ip.eu/index.php
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