A new hybrid modular power system, Wärtsilä HY, has been type-approved by Lloyd’s Register at NorShipping.
Touted by Wärtsilä director of Marine Engineering Giulio Tirelli as a synergy of “our capability in the power generation field and our strong presence in electrical and automation”, the product comprises engines, an energy storage system, electronics, and a newly developed energy management system (EMS) in a single boxed unit.
A Lloyd’s Register type approval certificate was granted to the company by LR Marine and Offshore Director Nick Brown, in a short ceremony on the Wärtsilä stand. “LR is focused on supporting the safe and effective introduction of new technologies offering the potential solutions, and Hybrid technology is one of those,” said Brown. “We have worked to support Wärtsilä in the realisation of this new product and are delighted to see it launched at Nor-Shipping."
Using the HY’s onboard energy storage system, the unit can prolong engine lifetime by reducing its total running hours, as well as using the energy storage system for peak-shaving and instantaneous load-taking capabilities. “The changing mentality was not thinking about one component, but to think about the whole system,” Tirelli explained.
Dedicated versions of the HY system will be available for each maritime segment, with the first versions designed for tugs and medium sized ferries.