The £3.6 million project will be led by Avid Technology based in Cramlington, North East England. It will last for 26 months and aims to deliver a cost effective waste heat recovery system for all types of ships which will be demonstrated on an offshore support vessel.
The project could deliver fuel efficiency savings of at least 8 percent.
Avid Technology will work alongside RED Marine Limited of Hexham, Newcastle-based Royston Power and Enogia S.A.S. based in Marseille to deliver a cost effective waste heat recovery system for use across all types of ships.
The project should see the waste heat recovery system installed on an offshore support vessel by end of 2018 ahead of a further six months of testing. Unlike the power and heat sectors and other forms of transport there does not seem to be a credible alternative to fossil fuels to power vessels at present, so in the medium to long term, the best potential to achieve substantial CO2 reductions is by reducing fuel consumption. This can be achieved by reducing the electrical load provided by the ship’s generators, through recovering heat energy from the exhaust stream, which in turn substantially reduces the temperature of the exhaust gas by converting the heat to electricity.
The technology being developed in the ETI’s project should be capable of being deployed on a range of marine vessels, including chemical tankers, general cargo vessels, container feeders, offshore support vessels and roll on roll off passenger ships.
By: Robin Whitlock