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Marine propulsion using battery power

Wu, P; Bucknall, RWG; (2016) Marine propulsion using battery power. In: (Proceedings) Shipping in Changing Climates Conference 2016. Green open access

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Abstract: The global demand to reduce CO2 emissions requires effort from the shipping industry which currently emits about 2% of anthropogenic global Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and which is predicted to increase due to growth of world trade. Therefore, it is important to find new ways to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping using new operational strategies, improved ship designs and new technologies. Battery technologies have been developing rapidly leading the road transport industry into a greener future with hybrid and electric vehicles but such a change is not so apparent in the shipping industry. This paper provides an overview of the state of the art battery technology and important future developments that may potentially exploit batteries in future ship’s power and propulsion systems. Through case studies, the paper assesses the applicability of battery power to ships, more specifically small ones. Approximately 14,000 ships, 22% of the global commercial fleet are below 400 gross tonnes, most of which are small coastal ships, e.g. tugs and passenger ships/ferries. Existing battery-powered ship system configurations are summarised; battery developments are considered, impacts of battery application on ship performance are discussed in the paper supported by a case study.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Marine propulsion using battery power
Event: Shipping in Changing Climates Conference 2016
Location: Newcastle, UK
Dates: 10 November 2016 - 11 November 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Low carbon shipping, battery powered ships, small ships, coastal ships.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1528988
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