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Power management optimization of hybrid power systems in electric ferries


Al-Falahi, MDA and Nimma, KS and Jayasinghe, SDG and Enshaei, H and Guerrero, JM, Power management optimization of hybrid power systems in electric ferries, Energy Conversion and Management, 172 pp. 50-66. ISSN 0196-8904 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2018.07.012


The integration of more-electric technologies, such as energy storage systems (ESSs) and electric propulsion, has gained attention in recent years as a promising approach to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the maritime industry. In this context, hybrid power systems (HPSs) with direct current (DC) distribution are currently gaining a commendable interest in research and industrial applications. This paper examines the impact of using HPS with DC distribution and a battery energy storage system (BESS) over a conventional AC power system for short haul roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferries. An electric ferry with a HPS is modeled in this study and the power management system is simulated using the Matlab/Simulink software. The result is validated using measured load profile of a ferry. The performance of the DC HPS is compared with the conventional AC system based on fuel consumption and emission reductions. An approach to estimate the fuel consumption of the diesel engine through calculation of specific fuel oil consumption (SFOC) is also presented. This study uses two optimization techniques: a classical power management method namely Rule-Based control (RB) and a meta-heuristic power management method known as Grey Wolf Optimization (GWO) to optimally manage the power sharing of the proposed HPS. Fuel consumption and emission indicators are also used to assess the performance of the two power management methods. The simulation results show that the HPS provides a 2.91% and 7.48% fuel consumption reduction using RB method and GWO method respectively. It is apparent from the result that the HPS has more fuel savings while running the diesel generator sets (DGs) at higher operational efficiency. It is interesting that the proposed HPS using both power management methods provided a 100% emission reduction at berth. Finally, it was found that using a meta-heuristic optimization algorithm provides better fuel and emission reductions than a classical method.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:battery, DC power system, electric ferry, energy storage system, hybrid power system, power management
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electrical engineering
Research Field:Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Renewable energy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Al-Falahi, MDA (Mr Monaaf Al-Falahi)
UTAS Author:Nimma, KS (Mr Kutaiba El-Bidairi)
UTAS Author:Jayasinghe, SDG (Dr Shantha Jayasinghe Arachchillage)
UTAS Author:Enshaei, H (Dr Hossein Enshaei)
ID Code:127114
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:46
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2018-07-11
Last Modified:2018-12-14

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