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The key to a successful decarbonisation project

The key to a successful decarbonisation project

Integration. The key to successful decarbonisation projects – the driveline perspective.

Paper wrote: by Euan Kelso, Technical Director, MIT & Dan Weathy, Principal Project Engineer, MIT

Acknowledgements: Ron Leeuwesteijn, Veth Propulsion Ltd. Transfluid S.pA

Why integration is key to maximising performance and ROI of

zero and low carbon projects through complete system

integration and vessel understanding, exploring critical drivers in

successful decarbonisation projects.


Climate change caused by greenhouse gasses, the harm caused by direct human exposure to fossil fuel
engine emissions, operating economics and increasing legislation are driving interest in solutions for
decarbonisation and carbon reduction of vessels. Vessel emission reduction can be achieved in a number of ways, including:

  • Reducing the energy required to be delivered to the propeller to achieve the operational objective
  • Maximising the efficiency of the conversion of fossil fuel derived energy to provide propulsion
  • Utilising lower-carbon energy sources

The optimum solutions consider all the above, MIT are primarily involved with drive line components, hence
this paper considers the latter points (in blue). The text is aimed at the vessel owner, or operator, who has
little previous knowledge on the subject and is considering options for reducing propulsion-related carbon
emissions. The paper presents; the current solutions that we at MIT are directly involved with, how carbon
reduction can be achieved and discusses the importance of engineering process and integration. A case
study of an existing vessel design retrofit to hybrid propulsion is provided.

The Challenge

To achieve a successful propulsion system carbon reduction design for a given vessel and operational profile the system designer must find the optimum combination of:

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