ABB’s Electrical Propulsion System For Hybrid – Electric Roboship


  • ABB is to provide power distribution technology for the hybrid-electric biomass fuel carrier ROBOSHIP.
  • It has been designed by the Japanese shipping consortium e5 Lab Inc.

A recent news article published in the Bunkerspot news source says that ABB to provide electrical propulsion system for Hybrid – electric roboship.

The e5 Lab grouping

The e5 Lab grouping, which comprises Asahi Tanker Co., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines  and Mitsubishi Corporation, was established to develop renewably powered commercial ships.

The 70-metre long, 499 gross ton (GT) ROBOSHIP will be equipped with ABB’s modularised electrical propulsion package, enabling it to use multiple energy sources to achieve operational efficiency and emissions-free operations. The system also features improved steering capabilities that make pier docking and undocking operations easier.

‘‘The collaboration with ABB has been beyond our expectations in delivering world-leading technology and efficiency, the ultimate in safety and reliability, specific size and weight reductions, that is unique to coastal vessels,’’ commented Yasumasa Suetsugu, Chief Technology Officer, e5 Lab.

‘’Furthermore, the high digital compatibility will help reduce both operations and maintenance costs. Our goal is to make a significant contribution to resolving the environmental challenges and reducing crew workload which face coastal shipping in Japan.’’

ABB’s full scope of supply

ABB’s full scope of supply includes a standard system package comprising the hardware for electric propulsion, including propulsion motors, DSC switchboards, energy storage batteries and generators, and the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System for continuous monitoring and remote support.

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Source: Bunker Spot


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