All-Electric Ships on the Horizon as Rolls Launches New Battery System

By Áine Quinn (Bloomberg) -- Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has begun offering its own battery-powered ship engines in a move that signals the gathering momentum behind a push toward hybrid and ultimately all-electric vessels. While maritime demand for lithium-ion batteries is focused on providing top-up power for traditional diesel and gas-turbine ships, the technology could … [Read more...]

FellowSHIP Project Concludes 15 years of Maritime Battery and Fuel Cell Research

After 15 years of extensive research, project partners Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL have recently announced the closure of the FellowSHIP project. It aimed to explore the use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell technology in the maritime industry. “FellowSHIP has been a productive project,” says Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Maritime Programme Director for Technology … [Read more...]

First Offshore Wind Farm Battery Installed in Scotland

Norwegian energy company Equinor has installed a battery that will for first time make it possible to store energy produced from an offshore wind farm.  The so-called Batwind battery storage solution was inaugurated Wednesday in Peterhead, Scotland by Batwind partners Equinor and Masdar.  With the system in operation, electricity produced at … [Read more...]

First Battery-Powered Offshore Supply Vessel in the Gulf of Mexico

Louisiana-based SEACOR Marine has completed the installation of the first hybrid battery power system on an an offshore support vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. SEACOR Marine conducted the upgrade of its OSV SEACOR Maya at Bollinger Shipyards in Morgan City, Louisiana. In March 2018, the company contracted the American Bureau of Shipping to class the SEACOR Maya as the first … [Read more...]

Going Green: Norwegian Shipbuilders Turning to Battery Power

By Mikael Holter and Jeremy Hodges (Bloomberg) -- Not far from Norway’s North Sea oil rigs, shipbuilders are assembling some of the first ferry boats ever to be powered entirely by batteries. For years, the yard, nestled against the deep-blue sea waters and snow-clad mountains of the country’s deepest fjord, mostly made fuel-guzzling boats for the oil industry. But orders … [Read more...]