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Clean power for shipping project

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry

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More than a dozen partners from the value chain have joined the initiative, including flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire detection and extinguishing system providers, and ship owners, operators and yards.

“Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system, offers the industry the opportunity to improve fuel economy, reliability and operational costs,” says Geir Dugstad, Director of Ship Classification and Technical Director in DNV GL – Maritime.

“For this technology to fully take hold, however, knowledge and requirements must be in place to ensure that we have products and a safety regime that address the concerns of all stakeholders while also creating the conditions for this technology to take off in the market.”

Olav Akselsen, Director General of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, said: “With the new advances in alternative fuels it’s our ambition to actively partner with the maritime industry and contribute to solutions that satisfy vessel safety and environmental impact while also taking the industry’s commercial needs into consideration."

Denis Cederholm-Larsen, Senior Ship Surveyor at the Danish Maritime Authority, stated: “There is a great opportunity to further enhance the approval process for these types of systems with reliable technical input. This type of collaborative, industry focused research program is the perfect platform for those developments.”

Rasmus Nielsen, Naval Architect and Officer at Scandlines, added: “We put a great deal of effort into ensuring the safety of these new alternative systems, but the cost of the present safety and approval methodology is cumbersome. This collaborative effort gives a chance for an even greater level of safety while also ensuring that these new and advanced technologies can be implemented to a greater extent.”

Jostein Bogen, VP Global Product Manager, Energy Storage and Fuel Cells at ABB, commented: “We believe this type of project arrangement will be extremely beneficial, to raise the level of understanding of all parties involved to a very high degree, while also providing guidance that the entire industry can benefit from.”

The major tasks are defined as follows.

  1. Safety Model Development and Assessment Based on Prior Knowledge
  2. Concerted Lithium-Ion Battery Risk Assessment
  3. Battery Safety Testing Program
  4. Battery Safety Simulation and Analysis Tool Development and Refinement
  5. Project Management, Dissemination, Input to Requirements and Rules

The project will wrap up with dissemination activities in 2019.

DNV-GL stated: "This collaborative and forward thinking effort exemplifies the technological leadership capabilities of an organization like DNV GL and a new way of developing key technological requirements. Through global research & development and progressive maritime advisory services, we are continually sharpening our technical understanding, enabling us to conceive of and execute such efforts that can proactively address key technological questions and develop rules that lead and help industry rather than slow it down."

Other project partners are the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment; Corvus Energy; Plan B (both maritime battery systems vendors); FIFI4MARINE (lithium-ion fire extinguishers); Nexceris (battery off-gas sensors); Rolls Royce Marine AS; Stena Line; and Damen Shipyards.


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