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Emerging technologies in marine electric propulsion


Symington, WP and Belle, A and Nguyen, HD and Binns, JR, Emerging technologies in marine electric propulsion, Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 230, (1) pp. 187-198. ISSN 2041-3084 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Institute of Mechanical Engineers

DOI: doi:10.1177/1475090214558470


Increasing fuel costs and regulation of emissions are encouraging operators, shipbuilders and researchers to seek improvements in marine vessel efficiency. In the area of vessel electrical systems there are increasing choices as a result of research and development over the past decade giving rise to a number of promising new technologies. Promising new battery chemistries are being developed and existing chemistries are being enhanced with nano-technology. Supercapacitors and fuel cells are now powering ferries. Permanent magnets are enabling novel motor topologies and solar panel prices are decreasing. In addition to new technologies recently commercialised for vessels, new developments in electric vehicles and grid electrical systems will be applicable to the marine environment. This paper reviews emerging electrical technologies and it focusses on those with potential for improving vessel efficiency within the next decade.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Transport equipment
Objective Field:Nautical equipment
UTAS Author:Symington, WP (Mr Peter Symington)
UTAS Author:Belle, A (Mr Alan Belle)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HD (Dr Hung Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Binns, JR (Professor Jonathan Binns)
ID Code:96640
Year Published:2016 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2014-11-14
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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