Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference
Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference 2015 is being held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from 6th to 8th October 2015.
Hybrid is the ‘here and now’ technology that is being utilised by many transport sectors around the world.
It is now a viable option for the professional maritime sector globally.
The Hybrid Marine programme will bring together a dynamic marine industry group. Armed with the latest knowledge, the international group of experts will identify the potential of utilising hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector.
Conference organiser and workshop lead for the Hybrid Marine event, John Haynes of Shock Mitigation, said, ‘Changes are coming fast in the sub IMO professional sector. Due to the range of technologies required boat builders, diesel engine OEMs and specialist component manufacturers now recognise that they need to work together to develop complete hybrid systems.’
Hybrid Marine conference attendees will include end-user organisations, boat owners, operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical & electrical engineers, naval architects and legislators. Break out sessions will focus on the latest diesel / electric systems for wind farm support vessels, pilot boats, patrol craft, survey vessels, superyacht tenders, military and unmanned craft.
John Haynes added, ‘This is not just green energy for the sake of it. We are focussing on viable business cases for hybrid solutions. The Hour Of Power has been well received by industry. This concept enables vessels to run in and out of port for an hour on battery power, then do their open sea work on diesel power. This reduces emissions, reduces fuel consumption and extends maintenance periods.’
Lead sponsor of the Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is US lithium ion battery manufacturer XALT Energy. Robert Young, Technical Lead for Marine Applications at XALT Energy, will share expertise from other transport sectors to identify the potential of hybrid systems for the maritime industry worldwide.
John Haynes highlighted the benefits of learning from other industries, ‘It is great to have XALT onboard for these landmark events. Their extensive expertise from automotive and land based applications has helped to explain the capabilities of next generation hybrid technology and why the marine industry needs to move forward now. It makes sense to bring in expertise from aviation and the automotive sectors to drive this innovation and support relevant safety standards.’
For engine manufacturers, component suppliers and installers the take away knowledge from the first Hybrid Workshop has already proved relevant to various departments including strategic product development, engineering decisions and business development. Besides highlighting opportunities, including the use of electric drives and lithium ion batteries, the ongoing objective has been to create affiliations that share engine data and work cycles for vessels in various sectors.
For commercial, professional and military end user organisations the unique knowledge gained from the October 2015 workshop sessions and conference presentations will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements of in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.
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