Monday, August 20, 2018

Prestigious Engineering Name Produces Own Electrical Storage System for Marine Use

Support Vessels to Ferries Can Reduce Costs with Battery Power
Shipping News Feature
NORWAY – Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships, which aims to provide ship owners a clean, safe and cost-efficient complete system. Energy storage is a major green investment for a ship owner and returns are maximised when the system is correctly dimensioned for the specific ship, and includes intelligent power control. Rolls-Royce have been delivering energy storage systems since 2010, however the actual energy storage units were previously supplied by an external party.

Rolls-Royce now offers SAVe Energy which it claims as a cost competitive, highly efficient and liquid cooled battery system built to a modular design that enables the end use product to be scaled according to energy and power requirements. SAVe Energy comply with international legislations for low and zero emission propulsion systems.

The development work has partly been funded by the Norwegian Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX programme. Three ship owning companies Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company have been partners in the development, ensuring that the energy storage system covers a wide variety of marine applications, including ferries, cruise vessels and multi-purpose vessels.

SAVe Energy is be delivered from the Rolls-Royce Power Electric site in Bergen, Norway, as part of the company’s offering of complete ship systems. Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce, EVP Electrical, Automation and Control – Commercial Marine, commented:

“The electrification of ships is building momentum. From 2010 we have delivered battery systems representing about 15 MWh in total. However now the potential deployment of our patent pending SAVe Energy in 2019 alone is 10-18 MWh.

“Battery systems have become a key component of our power and propulsions systems, and SAVe Energy is being introduced on many of the projects we are currently working on. This includes the upgrade programme for Hurtigruten’s cruise ferries, the advanced fishing vessel recently ordered by Prestfjord and the ongoing retrofits of offshore support vessels. As a system provider we can find the best solution considering both installation and operational cost.”

SAVe Energy can be applied to several areas including peak shaving, spinning reserve and battery powered vessels. Combined with a LNG or diesel powered engine in a hybrid solution, it will increase efficiency and reduce emissions, and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units. In a hybrid set up, SAVe Energy handles the peak load, while the main power generators will relate to the average load and not reduce the propulsion units thrusting capabilities.

SAVe Energy is an ESU system (Energy Storage Unit), and was recently class approved as such by DNV GL, confirming that SAVe Energy has been developed in compliance with the newest 2018 ruleset, and is accepted for installation on all vessels classed by DNV GL.

Photo: A simple Rolls Royce hybrid system, this one designed for a tugboat.