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Classification society DNV GL is proposing a new hybrid power concept for offshore units based on the proven success of such technology in maritime applications.
Using batteries in combination with traditional power generation equipment, the concept has already delivered multiple advantages in the maritime and automotive industries, but has not yet been applied in the oil and gas industry, said DNV GL.
Seeking to adapt the technology from the maritime industry, DNV GL is launching a joint industry project that, “aims to capture the lessons learnt from the maritime industry, evaluate the business case and provide practical guidelines for implementation”.
“The maritime industry started to adopt hybrid technology five years ago, not just because of the environmental benefits, but also because it adds financial value and performance benefits,” said DNV GL.
“Though in the automotive industry there is typically about a 20 per cent fuel saving with the use of a hybrid system, in some maritime applications there is up to a 40 per cent saving and DNV GL expects to see the same for the oil and gas industry.
“Currently there are 17 hybrid ships either in operation or being built, plus one electric ferry. DNV GL studies show that the payback period is typically only about two years for the maritime application.”(From: www.bairdmaritime.com)