“Full Speed Ahead” For Global Electric and Hybrid Marine Businesses

By: | May 25th, 2014

IndustryTap reported last year that the world’s 15 biggest ships create more pollution than all the cars in the world combined. According to James Corbett, professor of marine policy at the University of Delaware, “Ship pollution affects the health of communities in coastal and in-land regions around the world, yet pollution from ships remains one of the least regulated parts of our global transportation system.”

Since that report, large marine sectors, including commercial and military, are facing stiff headwinds as new harbor pollution and offshore oil platform regulations, among others, come into effect. In short, a movement is underway to get industries across the board to be as green as technically possible.

Sustainable Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology’s Flagship Event

The Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Netherlands will take place June 24-26, 2014. The event, sponsored by Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International (EHMTI), the world’s first publication focused exclusively on electric and hybrid marine technologies from small boats and cargo ships to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and navy fleets, will offer a discussion panel and debate on savings that can be realized by using electric and hybrid technology in marine systems. Industry experts from Rolls Royce Marine, Schneider Electric and TNO will present papers.

Low Emission & Sustainable Shipping

As is happening in the application of electric and hybrid technologies to other industries, the marine business is undergoing dramatic changes with respect to how designers, shipowners, shipyards, operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, naval architects and military operators do their jobs. There have been significant advances already with all Norwegian offshore supply vessels now becoming hybrid . Ferries and tugboats across the world are becoming hybrid or completely electric so as to meet stringent pollution limits and to save on costs while improving performance.

IndustryTap reported on the “High Performance $200 Million Eco Friendly Supeyacht” last summer, so luxury boat builders are fully on-board. According to IDTECHex, the electric and hybrid marine market will grow from the current $3 billion per year to over $7 billion by 2024.

Check out the 2014 Electric & Hybrid Marine Award nominees in the following categories:

  • suppliers of the year
  • innovation of the year
  • chief engineer of the year
  • propulsion system manufacturer of the year
  • electric and hybrid propulsion system of the year – IndustryTap wrote “The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat” about one of the nominees in this category, Planetsolar, which visited Boston Harbor last year.

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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