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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 

According to ABS, hybrid power systems have significant potential to contribute to the marine and offshore industries’ decarbonisation targets, so the classification society has published a 'Guide for Hybrid Electric Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications' that focuses on systems integrating electric power generation and storage technologies with conventional power generation.

The Guide introduces a new notation, HYBRID IEPS, with options to recognise a range of specialised operating modes. The Guide provides requirements for the design, construction, retrofit, testing and survey of vessels utilising hybrid electric power systems.

Patrick Ryan, ABS SVP Global Engineering and Technology, said: “Hybrid electric power systems offer the opportunity to improve safety, reliability, operational efficiency and reduce the fuel consumption, environmental footprint and equipment maintenance when compared to traditional electrical power systems. ABS has long supported shipowners looking to utilise this technology and is an industry leader in developing guidance that advances safer integration of hybrid power systems into marine and offshore assets.”

The Marine and Ports division of ABB has provided input for the Guide based on the company’s technical competence and extensive experience with hybrid electric power systems. 

“We believe an increasing proportion of modern ships will be built on the foundation of electricity and so hybrid electrical power systems are a key technology for the future of the marine industry. The detailed guidance developed by ABS will support the adoption and safe operation of this technology by the industry,” said Jostein Bogen, ABB Marine and Ports VP, Global Product Manager Energy Storage and Fuel Cells.

ABS has developed a range of industry-leading support for hybrid electric technologies including:  Guide for Use of Lithium Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries; Guide for Use of Supercapacitors in the Marine and Offshore Industries; Guide for Fuel Cell Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications; and Guide for Direct Current Power Distribution Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications,  among others.

The Guide for Hybrid Electric Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications can be downloaded here.

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