Development of a Scalable Hybrid Propulsion Plant for Maritime Electromobility and Emission Control and Reduction

National maritime transport is marked by the low technological development of the shipping industry, especially with regard to propulsion systems, adapting technology with low levels of efficiency and also by the continuous increase in the consumption of fossil fuels, with the environmental impact that this represents.

The Chilean Government, through the Ministry of Energy, is promoting electromobility in national transport, a concept that applies to all means of transport, in order to promote the development of technology and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

The first step towards electromobility is the replacement of conventional propulsion systems that consume fossil fuels with hybrid and electric propulsion systems that, on the one hand, increase transport efficiency by reducing emissions and, on the other hand, promote the use of alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels. In this sense, hybrid propulsion systems, which make it possible to increase the efficiency of the transport system without requiring a complete change of the current propulsion system, is a first step towards this goal. Hybrid propulsion systems enable efficient and sustainable transport.

General Objective

Develop a scalable hybrid propulsion plant to optimise propulsion and auxiliary systems, in a reliable and robust way, to promote maritime electromobility, the use of alternative fuels and to control and reduce GHG emissions.

Specific Objective

To carry out the survey of information on vessels supporting the aquaculture industry and port operations. Energy efficiency measurements, establishment of operation profile, survey of propulsion plant technology and conventional auxiliary vessels will be carried out.

Specific Objective

Analyse Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems of Vessels. A database will be created with the mechanical and electrical components of the propulsion plant and its auxiliary systems to assess the electromobility capability.

Specific Objective

To implement a hybrid plant prototype. A scalable laboratory prototype of a hybrid propulsion and electricity generation plant for auxiliary services will be implemented.

Specific Objective 

Assess the impact of alternative fuels on the hybrid prototype.

Specific Objective 

Validate the results obtained in the scale prototype on a vessel in the aquaculture industry and port operations.

Specific Objective

To carry out the survey of information on vessels supporting the aquaculture industry and port operations. Energy efficiency measurements, establishment of operation profile, survey of propulsion plant technology and conventional auxiliary vessels will be carried out.

Specific Objective

Analyse Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems of Vessels. A database will be created with the mechanical and electrical components of the propulsion plant and its auxiliary systems to assess the electromobility capability.

Specific Objective

To implement a hybrid plant prototype. A scalable laboratory prototype of a hybrid propulsion and electricity generation plant for auxiliary services will be implemented.

Specific Objective

Assess the impact of alternative fuels on the hybrid prototype.

Specific Objective

Validate the results obtained in the scale prototype on a vessel in the aquaculture industry and port operations.

Specific Objective

To carry out the survey of information on vessels supporting the aquaculture industry and port operations. Energy efficiency measurements, establishment of operation profile, survey of propulsion plant technology and conventional auxiliary vessels will be carried out.

Specific Objective

Analyse Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems of Vessels. A database will be created with the mechanical and electrical components of the propulsion plant and its auxiliary systems to assess the electromobility capability.

Specific Objective

To implement a hybrid plant prototype. A scalable laboratory prototype of a hybrid propulsion and electricity generation plant for auxiliary services will be implemented.

Specific Objective

Assess the impact of alternative fuels on the hybrid prototype.

Specific Objective

Validate the results obtained in the scale prototype on a vessel in the aquaculture industry and port operations.

First Stage

 

It considers applied research based on the collection of information on the vessels and the analysis of their propulsion and auxiliary systems. The information gathered will be used to implement the prototype to scale.

Second Stage

 

It considers the implementation of the prototype at scale, which allows energy efficiency analyses and the impact of the use of alternative fuels on emissions control to be carried out.

Third Stage

 

It considers the analysis of hybridisation using results obtained from the scale prototype and its validation in a real application, on the basis of energy efficiency and emission control.