ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Posted by Michelle Howard

ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric
Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators
make decisions about energy generation and storage.

"ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first
comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric
power technologies," said ABS Chairman, President and CEO
Christopher J. Wiernicki. "ABS always looks ahead at new
innovations and offers guidance in safe and effective
applications."

With the increased industry focus on environmental compliance and
operational performance, many owners and operators in the marine
and offshore industries are shifting their attention to electric
propulsion and nonconventional sources of power. In developing
this Advisory, ABS took a measured approach to evaluating the
potential advantages and disadvantages, challenges and level of
readiness for the primary hybrid electric power systems and
components that are most suited for marine and offshore
applications. The comprehensive list of technologies addressed in
the Advisory includes lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors,
flywheel energy storage, fuel cells, wind and solar.

"In developing the Advisory, we looked beyond the marine and
offshore industries to determine how other sectors, like electric
utilities and aerospace, have applied nonconventional power to
products," says ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman.
"This Advisory demonstrates our broad approach to analyzing
information - identifying and evaluating how technology transfer
can deliver comprehensive and practical tools for the marine and
offshore industries."

In an effort to support the application of new hybrid electric
technologies, ABS worked with Sandia National Laboratories and
other project partners to study the technical, economic and
regulatory feasibility of building a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel
cell powered, high-speed passenger vessel, the SF-BREEZE. ABS
issued a conditional Approval in Principle for this novel
concept, verifying that the design would comply with applicable
regulations and rules. Our work with Sandia Labs and the project
team provided practical knowledge that was integrated directly
into development of the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power
Systems.

Mar 2, 2017

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