Hybrid barge ‘cuts fuel costs, noise and pollution’
[by: Katarina Berthelsen Fishfarmingexpert/ kyst.no ]
A new Norwegian company, Fjord Maritime, is working for operational optimisation of feed barge generators using rechargeable battery banks.
The concept is called Fjord Hybrid, and aims to cut fuel consumption by up to 60 per cent and reduce emissions.
Fjord Maritime recently signed its first contract with the aquaculture industry, with E. Karstensen Aquaculture, which is planning an 18-month production of salmon in a new location far from land. It will have limited network access and capacity as shore power was not an option for energy supply.
“It was planned to operate the feed barge with diesel generators 24 hours a day throughout production there,” Fjord Maritime’s marketing manager Øyvind Bakke told fishfarmingexpert.com’s sister site, kyst.no. “The generator would then have had a running time of 13,140 hours in the period.”
Lower costs, less noise
He said that by installing operational optimisation, generator running time will be reduced by 75 per cent, from 24 hours to six hours per day.
“By reducing running time service and maintenance costs are also reduced,” said Bakke. “There is less noise for those who work on the barge and any neighbours.
The facility can also serve as a future charging station for electric work boats, and will be a power fuse that prevents light failure, with subsequent blinking for the fish.”
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