Solar assisted power 2

By Keith Henderson at June 09, 2011 06:54
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The two year experiment on the solar-power assisted MS Auriga Leader Car & Truck Carrier of 60,213 GT., jointly developed by NYK and Nippon Oil Corporation has now elapsed and the findings have been released. Despite early optimistic results, the conclusion is disappointing. The tests have shown that providing a stable power supply from the photovoltaic panels is difficult because even a slight change in the weather has a significant influence on the amount of power generated. NYK has not however lost hope and is persevering together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK). They are initiating further tests starting June 2011, to verify the effects of a new jointly developed hybrid power supply system to control the fluctuating output of the solar panels and diesel generator to deliver a stabilized the supply to the vessel’s electrical power system. [More]

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