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Targeted Advanced Research for Global Efficiency of Transportation Shipping

Final Report Summary - TARGETS (Targeted Advanced Research for Global Efficiency of Transportation Shipping)

Executive Summary:
Energy efficiency and environmental consideration are today’s driving force for ship operators to reduce costs and become greener. Economic pressure and international legislation require a sensitive use of energy resources and a reduction of the associated emissions. Although shipping is the most environmentally-efficient means of transportation (low ratio of emitted gases over transport capacity), it attracts attention as the vast majority of ships use fuel of poor quality, a fact which in combination to the increased shipping traffic due to emergence of new economies in the international markets, is expected to raise the contribution to GHG of shipping substantially in the immediate future.
The TARGETS project aims to provide substantial improvements to ship energy efficiency by adopting a holistic approach to optimise energy generation, transmission, consumption and operational management with a focus on life-cycle issues. To achieve the goal of a ship optimised for energy consumption the TARGETS project takes a complete view at the causes of energy consumption during ship operation and identifies Energy Saving Potentials (ESP). In doing so, the project addresses:
• The most important hydrodynamic causes for energy consumption, i.e. ship resistance and propulsion;
• Promising technologies for auxiliary energy generation;
• The management of energy consumption on board a ship;
• The integration of technologies to assess energy consumption into a holistic management & simulation system which in turn will be used to optimise and thus reduce energy consumption.
The development methodology integrates component-based knowledge of resistance and propulsion at system-based level. The approach is expected to deliver significant improvements to the energy efficiency of ships that can be obtained when applying advanced design- and operational management techniques based on a Dynamic Energy Model (DEM).
The tools developed will be applied in both, ship design and operation and thus provide a basis to analyse the energy performance of a vessel over the entire life-cycle.
To address the challenging work plan, the TARGETS project consists of 6 technical workpackages dedicated to the development and analysis of:
1. Resistance improvement technologies,
2. Improved auxiliary on-board energy generation
3. Propulsion Improvement Technologies
4. Operation & Scenarios
5. Integration & Simulation
6. Benchmarking
The work plan is further supplemented by two work packages dealing with management and dissemination activities.

Project Context and Objectives:
see attached document TARGETS_Public_Report_M40.pdf
Project Results:
see attached document TARGETS_Public_Report_M40.pdf
Potential Impact:
see attached document TARGETS_Public_Report_M40.pdf
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