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High efficiency hybrid drive trains for small and medium sized marine craft

Objective

Marine diesel electric and hybrid drive systems have been used in large ships and submarines for many years but have not yet been successfully transferred to smaller craft, despite claims to the contrary. Numerous attempts have been made, some very recent, but all have been sub optimal and most have failed completely. These failures are due to a lack of underpinning research and of certain key components. The project has the following objectives: Zero emissions to air and zero external noise and vibration in port Reduction of overall fuel consumption by 30%, tending to >90% on applications such as long distance sailing boats using regenerative techniques CO2 reduction of >30% in all “off design point” applications (e.g.fishing boats and small commercial ferries) 50% reduction in HC & NOx The market for small hybrid drive systems is tens of thousands of units and the aggregate social and environmental benefits are substantial. A holistic approach will be taken to total energy consumption and production on board. At the centre of the new system will be a comprehensive energy management module which will supervise and control energy flows in and out of a specially designed battery bank. The NMEA 2000 standard will be developed as necessary for the new data formats. Safety issues will be addressed by developing new ISO standards. The following research, development and validation will be carried out: High efficiency, low speed, torque following propeller Rim drive propulsor using an embedded permanent magnet DC (PMDC) motor and contra rotating blades Load following, dynamic PMDC motor and generator controllers High efficiency DC to DC converters High efficiency AC to high voltage DC multi output battery charger Control algorithms for key components The final deliverables will be a validated hybrid drive system for small craft, a design tool, critical new components including a new propeller, and contributions to NMEA and ISO standards.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

International Council of Marine Industry Associations
Address
Brigade Pironlaan 132
1080 Brussels
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 386 990,50
Administrative Contact
Tony Rice (Mr.)

Participants (10)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE PER STUDI ED ESPERIENZE DI ARCHITETTURA NAVALE

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Di Vallerano 139
00128 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Salvatore Mauro (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 391 621,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Salvatore Mauro (Dr.)
E-motion Special Projects Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 374 259
Address
Wheelers Lane 21 New Way House
RH3 7LA Brockham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Calder (Mr.)
STEYR MOTORS
Austria
EU contribution
€ 165 472
Address
Im Stadtgut B1
4407 Steyr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Kohl (Dr.)
EnerSys Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 48 113
Address
Stephenson Street
NP19 4XJ Newport
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Beynon (Mr.)
Malö Yachts AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 117 002
Address
Kungsviken
473 99 Henån
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulf Mattsson (Mr.)
Bruntons Propellers Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 178 059
Address
Oakwood Business Park, Stephenson Road West
CO154TL Clacton-on-sea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adrian Miles (Mr.)
BOSCH ENGINEERING GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 597
Address
Robert-bosch-allee 1
74232 Abstatt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jochen Hertkorn (Mr.)
Mastervolt International B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 196 041
Address
Snijdersbergweg 93
1105AN Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arno Van Zwam (Mr.)
TRISKEL MARINE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 139 951
Address
St. Fimbarus Road 12
PL23 1JJ Fowey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ken Wittamore (Mr.)