ABS advises on electric hybrid innovation

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

03 March 2017

ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to provide the critical information marine and offshore owners and operators need to make smarter decisions about energy generation and storage.

“ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric power technologies,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. ABS is a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries.

Wiernicki adds: “As a technology leader, ABS always looks ahead at new innovations and offers guidance in safe and effective applications.”

With the increased industry focus on environmental compliance and operational performance, many owners and operators in the marine and offshore industries are shifting their attention to electric propulsion and nonconventional sources of power.

In developing this Advisory, ABS took a measured approach to evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages, challenges and level of readiness for the primary hybrid electric power systems and components that are most suited for marine and offshore applications. The comprehensive list of technologies addressed in the Advisory includes lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, flywheel energy storage, fuel cells, wind and solar.

In an effort to support the application of new hybrid electric technologies, ABS worked with Sandia National Laboratories and other project partners to study the technical, economic and regulatory feasibility of building a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell powered, high-speed passenger vessel, the SF Breeze.