Working as a partner in the Innovate UK HEME research and development project, Triskel Marine Ltd used its extensive experience in marine data management to produce a sophisticated marine hybrid control system.
The High Efficiency Marine Energy (HEME) project was an exciting & innovative undertaking to improve the energy efficiency of vessels of up to 50m by the intelligent use of hybrid power and propulsion systems. Funded by Innovate UK the HEME project combined new and emerging technologies in electrical generation, management and storage to deliver benefits of more than 20% in propulsion efficiency and at least 25% in house energy efficiency; with these efficiencies come proportionate reductions in emissions and through life costs.
HEME achieved its aims by integrating the following new technologies and ensuring that they work effectively together.
• High capacity lithium ion battery packs.
• A ‘whole vessel’ energy monitoring, management and reporting system.
• Intelligent, high precision electrical power sensors.
• Highly efficient controllable pitch propellers.
Both the ‘whole vessel’ energy monitoring, management and reporting system, and the intelligent, high precision electrical power sensors were produced by Triskel Marine using cutting edge technologies many of which were developed in house. This project was an excellent proving ground for these solutions and products from Triskel, and as part of it were rigorously exercised both on land and in the test vessel at sea.
For both commercial and leisure craft, sail or power, the results of the HEME project hold the promise of providing vessels with hybrid power and propulsion systems that significantly reduce running costs and minimise environmental impact.
Installation and testing of the power management system and sensors