Danfoss and a group of Singapore-based companies have inked an agreement to deliver the mega-port’s first newbuild fast launch with a marine electric propulsion system.
The marine and offshore industry is one of the must-wins for Danfoss in the Asia-Pacific Region. Now a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Danfoss, BOS, Penguin International, Durapower Technology and Bureau Veritas for the joint design, development and construction of a plug-in hybrid electric fast launch in the mega-port of Singapore.
The collaboration is a significant stride for one of the world’s largest and busiest harbor’s push towards reduction of carbon emissions and environmentally sustainability in local maritime operations.
The collaborative partnership including Danfoss Editron equipment is a result of long-term focus by Barry Yung and the Editron team working with shipyards and system integrators. Commonly there was concluded a huge need for education and trust building in the conservative marine industry to boost the electrical propulsion as a way of reducing emission, fuel consumption and noise in the port of Singapore. The green demo vessel is considered the most efficient way to prove the new technology trend as a commercially viable technology to the benefit of Singapore.
Potential impact is significant
”This is an essential and very exciting agreement for Danfoss. This collaboration and technology are targeting smaller vessels, work boats and crew boats up to 50 meters length. The potential impact is significant. Currently, there are around 4,000 of these in Singapore waters,” says Soren Kvorning, President of Danfoss Asia-Pacific Region.
Penguin International will own and operate the hybrid launch while BOS will provide technical and commercial expertise in the development of the plug-in parallel hybrid electric propulsion systems.
Danfoss and Durapower will support the testing and integration of power drive trains and energy storage systems respectively, and the fast launch will be classed by Bureau Veritas as a hybrid vessel.
Increased presence in Singapore
The cooperation behind the hybrid electric fast launch is a new step on the journey since Danfoss’ decision to increase its present in Singapore. In 2017, Danfoss opened a new office and Marine and Offshore Application Development Center in Singapore, designed to help cope with the increased demand of energy efficient technologies in the transport sector as a result of infrastructure development as economies grew in the Southeast Asian Region.
”Our Marine and Offshore ADC has helped us increase innovation, close to and with our customers at a system level for not only the marine and offshore industry, but various industrial power management applications. All in all, the customer activities in the ADC has helped many of our partners to better manage climate challenges in the industry, including developing hybrid power systems for the marine industry,” says Soren Kvorning.