With a record-breaking 130+ exhibits to see and more than 40 conference papers to learn from, the sixth edition of Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo successfully concluded yesterday (Thursday, June 27), having welcomed thousands of attendees to the Amsterdam RAI across all three days of the annual event. The worlds only dedicated exhibition of electric and hybrid marine charging and propulsion technologies and components saw more brand-new, cutting-edge products launched than ever before, as well as numerous exciting projects and investments announced live on the show floor. These included the launch of a brand-new battery system for large- and medium-sized vessel propulsion systems from Nidec ASI; the announcement of a new joint venture between electrical systems installation company Wekina Werkendam, shipbuilder Veka Group and aluminum-air battery technology manufacturer Phinergy Marine; and the debut of the worlds first AI-based autonomous health monitoring system for marine engines. Youll find out more about these and a host of other stories when the full review of Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2019 is published next week. The pay-to-attend conference saw leading experts from around the world present technical papers on the latest and next-generation technologies that will power the ships of the future. Laurens van Mourik, project manager sailing department, City of Amsterdam, provided an overview of the projects and pilots currently underway on the citys famous canals and outlined how it plans to reach its sustainability goals for 2025; Jeremy Ward, managing director, East By West Ferries & Wellington Electric Boat Building Company, gave insight into the development of the Southern Hemispheres first fully electric passenger ferry, scheduled for launch in New Zealand by December 2019; and Makhlouf Benatmane, marine navy solutions leader at GE Power Conversion, presented how to integrate different energy storage systems of different kW and kWh into marine vessels. The winners of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were also announced yesterday, with a mixture of new and familiar names bestowed with accolades. Corvus Energy claimed the Supplier of the Year title for the fifth consecutive year; Kongsberg Maritime enjoyed double success, winning the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year and Innovation of the Year awards; Viking Life-Saving Equipment took home the Engineering Team of the Year award; and ForSeas Tycho Brahe and Aurora diesel-electric passenger and vehicle ferries won the Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award. To find out more about the winners, visit the official Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards page here. Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo will return to the Amsterdam RAI on June 23, 24, 25, 2020. Visit www.electricandhybridmarineworldexpo.com to register now for your free exhibition pass and to book your seat at the conference.
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