Räsänen Joins Foreship

Jan-Erik Räsänen (Photo: Foreship)

Posted by Michelle Howard

Foreship has appointed Jan-Erik Räsänen as its Head
of New Technology effective from March 1, 2017. The new role
expands Foreship's energy-saving consulting services at a time
when the cruise industry is considering the best way of
harnessing fast-emerging hybrid, battery and fuel cell
technologies.

Based in Helsinki, Mr Räsänen will focus on helping owners
implement energy-saving measures already developed by Foreship.
He will also offer expertise on the application of
digitalization, hybrid, battery and fuel cell technologies in
shipping, for which he is widely known in the maritime sector,
drawing on a career in energy efficiency and retrofits.

In a 20-year period with ABB that included extensive managerial
experience in both newbuilding and retrofits, Mr Räsänen
ultimately became Head of New Technologies for the group's Marine
business. He played a leading role in advancing energy management
and decision support through software and the adoption of battery
technologies on working vessels, with landmark projects including
the retrofit of the complete power and propulsion systems for two
of the world´s largest emission-free electric ferries. In 2013,
Mr Räsänen compiled and edited the widely-cited book 'Energy
Efficiency - The other alternative fuel'.

"This is a critical moment for shipping, given the range of
technologies and many combinations available, and different views
on whether battery technology is best installed at newbuild stage
or during a retrofit," says Mr Räsänen. "Foreship's involvement
in design projects from the very beginning, where the potential
for true innovation is at its greatest, offers the best platform
for my experience. I am convinced that one of the main cruise
ship players will make a commitment to battery power before the
end of this year, and Foreship's goal is to consider the complete
picture and design the best-performing ship. Technical
objectivity is best achieved at this early stage, before
suppliers become involved."

"Cruise owners are aware that battery technology has been proving
itself in the ferry market, especially in the commuter sector,"
adds Mr Räsänen. "The basic technologies we have in our hands
today will be around for the coming 5-10 years. However, costs
are likely to fall over the next two years, while I expect
different battery chemistries to serve energy and power
applications. This is a decisive moment for alternative energy
sources in shipping."

Mar 2, 2017

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