There are gaps between the various initiatives accelerating marine battery applications and the ship owners? actual operational results. Moreover, most Norwegian ship owners are facing financial pressures and they must pursue significant benefits from continuing their green transition.
Optimizing marine battery (MB) operations to maximize the benefits for ship owners by using six years MB operational data on commercially operating vessels. Firstly, the novel MB optimal operational models will be developed. Secondly, the new MB optimal models will be comprehensively tested by two commercial vessels for two and half years. Thirdly, OMB6 will provide novel roadmaps to enhance investor?s confidence in installing more MBs on vessels based on the cost benefit analysis and the synergies of cross sector collaboration.
For the first nine months of the project period in 2021, OMB team has analyzed one-year operational data from one commercially operating platform supply vessels (PSV) and there are much to learn from the operational data. Each work package (WP) leader is preparing its WP working tasks will continue to work for tasks and deliverables in 2022.
To remain at the forefront of international efforts towards the electrification of waterborne transport, this project aims at increasing the operational benefits of marine batteries (MBs) on vessels by 5 to 10%. The project consortium has brought Havila, Equinor, Corvus, SINTEF and IFE together. To unlock MB extra operational benefits, three major innovations have been planned as follows.
Firstly, a new integrated MB operational model will improve the current operational models by integrating three new MB operational modules. The first new MB operational data analysis and learning module will use a large amount (6 years) of operational data to highlight MB performances where most improvements could be gained. The second new module: MB degradation diagnosis and laboratory testing of new operational strategies aims to understand and minimize MB degradation under operational conditions on vessels. The third new module will explore MB operations with the existing onshore and future offshore charging facilities. This extends the current MB operations supporting diesel generators by keeping the generator at optimal efficiency.
Secondly, testing new optimized MB operational strategies has been planned on two commercially operating offshore supply vessels (PSVs) for two and half years. A comprehensive testing program will ensure sufficient iterations to improve new MB operation models and to test 50% optimized MB operational strategies. The workable new optimal MB operational strategies on vessels will be identified.
Thirdly, roadmaps to enhance investor’s confidence in installing more MBs on vessels will be based on the cost benefit analysis of new MBs integration on vessels and synergies of cross sector collaboration.
The amount of data and close cooperation between theoretical aspects and practical testing and implementation in this project are unprecedented. This project will have high impact on future R&D of MB applications.