ABB to power live fish carrier hybrid

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Marine power specialists ABB has secured a contract with Sefine Shipyard to provide the power and propulsion solution to FrøyGruppen’s latest hybrid live fish carrier.

The vessel, designed by Møre Maritime AS, will be the first of its kind to feature ABB’s Onboard DC Grid power distribution system. The company explains that the system optimizes energy use, whether drawing on main engine power, energy storage power or a combination of the two. The power setup on board will be managed by its Power and Energy Management System (PEMS).

“We are very proud to install such a comprehensive hybrid solution on board. By working closely with ABB, we have designed a power system that will contribute towards a sustainable food supply chain for many years to come,” said Geir Antonsen, technical manager, Frøy Rederi AS, FrøyGruppen.

“This will be our second project with ABB that includes the Onboard DC Grid system and an energy storage system, delivering greater efficiency and sustainability for FrøyGruppen vessel,” added Efkan Turan, senior technical project engineer, Sefine Shipyard.

“Having experienced ABB as a reliable partner in the past, we look forward to collaborating with them on this forward-looking vessel that is tailored for the needs of today and has the flexibility to adapt to future technologies of tomorrow.”

According to ABB, PEMS allows the integrated electrical system to leverage the high-speed digital communication within its switchboards, protection devices and controllers to improve information flow and provide full system control from power generation to consumption. It claims the DC grid system delivers a highly fault-tolerant platform, that is less exposed to the peak-power total harmonic distortion that affects AC ship power distribution performance.

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