Protacon hybridizes maritime industries to meet EU goals

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Maritime industries are slowly following the example set by the car industry. Petrol and diesel cars came before hybrid vehicles. Now the EU is aiming to significantly decrease emissions by, among other things, employing more battery technology. Thanks to decreased prices, even bigger ships can now utilise batteries.

These decisions push manufacturers to design and build more environmentally friendly ships in the EU, but also put pressure to update existing vessels. More efficient methods of energy must be invented.

Using battery technology to hybridise existing vessels saves petrol and increases operational flexibility with varying loads. Battery technology makes it possible to obtain an easily adjustable source of energy. It can be used to momentarily produce more power without starting the vessel’s generators for i.e. electric propulsion or deck systems. Large enough battery equipment could operate entire vessels.

Experts helping to cut emissions
Protacon’s areas of expertise include electric propulsions, automatic and power management systems, control unit deliveries and maintenance services. Hybrid solutions as well as battery data analysis have now been added to our services.

The research vessel Aranda is already using battery technology delivered by Protacon. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has decided to cut emissions from maritime industries by 50% by 2050, which is in line with EU goals. One way to build greener vessels is battery technology – and Protacon is here to help.

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