Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion
Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton UK from 26 to 28 April 2016.
Changes are coming fast in the professional sectors. Armed with the latest knowledge from around the world, an international group of experts will identify the potential of utilising innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO / sub 24 metre maritime 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 next generation systems that fit the changing requirements of modern fleets.
For engine manufacturers, component suppliers and installers the take away knowledge from the Hybrid Marine Workshop in May 2015 and the Hybrid Marine Conference in October 2015 has already proved relevant to various departments including strategic product development, engineering decisions and business development. Besides highlighting current 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.
The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion programme will bring together a dynamic marine industry group. For commercial, professional and military end user organisations the unique knowledge gained from conference presentations and networking sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.
Conference attendees will include commercial and military end-user organisations, boat operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical & electrical engineers, naval architects and legislators. Presentations will include the latest diesel / electric systems for wind farm support vessels, pilot boats, patrol craft, survey vessels, scientific research craft, superyacht tenders, military and unmanned craft.
Conference organiser and chairman, John Haynes of Shock Mitigation, highlighted the benefits of learning from other industries, ‘It is great to have companies such as XALT Energy and BAE Systems 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, automotive and other transport sectors to drive this innovation and support relevant safety standards.’
John Haynes added, ‘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. 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 engine maintenance periods.
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