5 Pilot Projects For Green Technology Concept

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Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Programme took off with DNV GL and the Norwegian maritime industry partners approving five pilot projects that will implement green technology concepts in the Shipping Industry.

DNV GL is an international certification body and classification society with main expertise in technical assessment, research, advisory, and risk management.  It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field – Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany).

DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.  Operating in more than 100 countries, the company’s 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping their customers in the maritime, oil & gas, energy and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener.

All of the five chosen projects aim to encourage the research and implementation of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector.  The Program Director Narve Mjøs is quoted to have said, “The pilot projects include several different ship types and infrastructure with an emphasis on alternative fuel concepts.  When we launched the Green Coastal Shipping Programme, we said we wanted to make Norway a world showcase for green coastal shipping.  With these five pioneering pilot projects, we are well on our way.

A brief outline of the five chosen pilot projects:

Project Name

Company to lead

Aim of the project

Cargo Ferry plug-in hybrid

Nor lines

Developing a container ship powered by a plug-in hybrid LNG/ battery propulsion system with zero emissions resulting in both sailing and port calling operations.  They plan to make it both cost effective and profitable.

Next-generation green shuttle tanker

Teekay Tankers

(a) Studying the feasibility and economy of battery-powered shuttle tankers.

(b) Possible use of batteries as a ‘spinning reserve’.

(c)This project will help optimize and reduce the need for installed power at all times.  Volatile Organic Compounds  (VOC) are released during offshore loading.

(d) The VOC could serve as an energy source with environmental benefits and could also mean reducing the dependency on oil based fuel.

(e Using the liquid VOC for onboard power generation.

Hybrid ocean farming vessel

ABB and the Cargo Freighters’ Association

To define an optimized hybrid propulsion system for more energy efficient operations with greater redundancy.

Conversion of cargo carrier into battery-hybrid LNG carrier

owners Øytank Bunker Service and the Norwegian Gas Association

Develop a hybrid LNG/battery propulsion system that can be retrofitted on existing vessels.  This would be with an aim for zero emission port operations.  The companies will do the math with respect to environmental footprint by carrying out a cost/benefit analysis.

Pioneering green port project

Risavika Harbour in Stavanger

Developing a Low energy consumption port with minimal carbon footprint.  This includes heavy duty vehicles and cranes.  The company plans to deploy smart gates and offer cold ironing service stations for plug-in hybrid ships.  The company will do the math with respect to environmental footprint by carrying out a cost/benefit analysis.

 Source: DNVGL

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