VARD to hybridise Canadian PSV

Vard Electro has secured a contract for an innovative hybrid battery power system with Atlantic Towing to be integrated on their PSV Atlantic Shrike. Atlantic Towing is the first company to implement this multiple mode application of battery technologies on a single vessel in the Canadian Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.

Vard Electro has secured a contract for an innovative hybrid battery power system with Atlantic Towing to be integrated on their PSV Atlantic Shrike. Atlantic Towing is the first company to implement this multiple mode application of battery technologies on a single vessel in the Canadian Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.

Atlantic Towing has received funding for the project through Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) as a component of the offshore research, development and demonstration program of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The funding will support pioneering upgrades to the Atlantic Shrike and allows the integration of battery systems into the vessel’s existing diesel-electric propulsion plant.

The vessel is based in Atlantic Towing’s homeport of St. John’s, Canada and is one of four modern diesel-electric builds.

Vard Electro will deliver a containerised energy storage system for hybrid battery power. Supporting Atlantic Towing’s goal of reducing their carbon footprint the SeaQ Energy Storage System (ESS) will enable decreased fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The conversion will also reduce the vessel’s maintenance requirement without compromising operational performance.

The main system components are all fitted into the self-containing deck house to ensure a fast vessel installation while keeping a high focus on the quality. Control and monitoring of the hybrid system is handled by the energy management system (EMS) that communicates with the existing control systems onboard.

The SeaQ ESS includes modes for peak shaving, spinning reserve and Zero emission transit. By using the batteries to absorb and dispense energy through load fluctuations and running the engines at optimal load, significant efficiency improvements in fuel consumption and emission reduction can be achieved. “We share the ambitions of Atlantic Towing and are looking forward to implement the products and integrated solutions that will lead to a greener industry.

The innovative design and extended battery size offer a range of benefits and will be a perfect fit for the operational profile of this vessel” said Peter Pilskog, Vice President Sales & Business Development, Vard Electro.

“The team in Canada is very excited about this project. We are thrilled to be installing our innovative and cost-effective SeaQ solutions that has been adapted to the local industry requirements”, said Pierre Poulain, Managing Director, Vard Electro Canada.

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