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Microgrid Technology for more Efficient Ships

Due to power distribution challenges, builders of next-generation ships need to find new innovative solutions to manage the power on board in the best way possible.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • ABB
    ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Their solutions improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of their customers’ operations while minimizing environmental impact.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Transportation
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Quality Assurance
  • CUSTOMER
  • Clients in the shipping industry.

  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • ABB’s all-in-one protection and control solution does this by embedding all the software and intelligence inside a smart circuit breaker known as the Emax 2 low-voltage circuit breaker that is designed for marine applications.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Energy Consumption Rate, Weight
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Energy]
    The solution will help ships attain better energy efficiency and work towards achieving the International Marine Organization's goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 5 times in 30 years. The solution will also allow for power profile optimization thanks to intelligent peak shaving and load shifting capabilities.
    Impact #2
    [Cost Reduction - Operation]
    The Emax 2 will also help ships achieve continuous operation that can potentially save them on average up to 12 million dollars a year. This is achieved by employing a unique “digital zone selectivity” function that correctly identifies the fault zone faster and cuts its power supply earlier.
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    Switchgear optimization will reduce weight and space requirements by up to 25% which is crucial in the ship building industry.

  • USE CASES
  • Microgrid
    A microgrid is a localized group of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the traditional wide area synchronous grid, but can also disconnect to island mode and function autonomously as physical or economic conditions dictate. In this way, a microgrid can effectively integrate various sources of distributed generation (DG), especially Renewable Energy Sources (RES) - renewable electricity, and can supply emergency power, changing between the island and connected modes.Microgrids are typically supported by generators or renewable wind and solar energy resources and are often used to provide backup power or supplement the main power grid during periods of heavy demand. A microgrid strategy that integrates local wind or solar resources can provide redundancy for essential services and make the main grid less susceptible to localized disaster.
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