Ghost ships on the Ocean - Who says it doesn’t work?

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Fuel Cell Container Feeder

By Keith Henderson at July 28, 2011 04:57
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Last month, GL Group, presented a future concept of a zero-emission container feeder vessel.
The container ship, aimed at Northern European feeder services, uses liquid hydrogen as fuel to generate power with a combined fuel cell and battery system. The design of the container ship with capacity for 1000TEUs with 150 reefer slots, is for a full open top giving improved port efficiency and reduced loading / unloading times to further reduce CO2 emissions. Propulsion is by two azimuthing podded propulsors and one take me home thruster providing redundancy and superior manoeuverability. The service speed is 15kn. The concept envisions that the liquid hydrogen would be produced and stored offshore close to a wind farm. The cost of liquid hydrogen is higher than marine gas oil (MGO), however, costs could be similar after 2025 if emission surcharges are introduced. [More]

Yachts and Boats Set to Clean-up if EU Backed Project Pays Off

By George Backwell at July 09, 2011 22:28
Filed Under: Research & Development
Propulsion of yachts and boats up to 24 meters (78.7 ft) may be revolutionised if the outcome of the three-year €2 million European Union financed R&D project ‘High Efficiency Hybrid Drive Trains for Small and Medium-sized Marine Craft’ (project acronym – ‘HYMAR’) bears fruit. Reduction of GHG emissions from tens of thousands of small craft attracted the European Union’s support for the project.The R&D target is to come up with a fully integrated, computer controlled diesel-electric hybrid drive configuration that will take over the traditional role of the diesel engine as the direct drive of sailboats and small commercial vessels.At the centre of the system under development is a comprehensive Energy Management Module (EMM) to synchronise and control all the energy flows (generator, wind, trailing propellor, solar panels) in and out of a specially designed battery bank.   Malo 46 Test Boat Based at Kungsviken, Sweden: Photo HYM... [More]

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