The 2022 edition of Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe – Europe’s leading event exclusively dedicated to electric and hybrid marine charging and propulsion systems, technologies and components – featured a host of new product launches and industry innovations, and all under one roof for maximum convenience.
Yaskawa Environmental Energy/The Switch introduced an ultra-fast protection method to make low-voltage DC distribution on vessels safe, efficient and redundant. “We want to make it easier for the marine industry to change from AC because there are big benefits with DC distribution,” explained The Switch’s Teemu Heikkilä, head of product line, converters, during the show. “DC is more efficient, but on top of that, it’s more flexible for integration with batteries, fuel cells and other likely future alternative energy sources.”
Asbjørn Halsebakke, marine technical solutions manager, The Switch, was very pleased with the strong interest the company received at the expo: “We had our first visitor at 10am as soon as the show opened! This event is very compact, with a strong focus – it’s all about what we are doing and our solution is perfect for those people visiting, who can get a lot of information in one place. We meet our customers here, and our customers’ customers. We can show them how to take the steps from AC to DC, even in megawatt cases. Even before 11am on the first day we were discussing cases that are going to happen. This is the perfect place to be.”
WhisperPower, which exhibited its unique OctoPower DC power backup systems for low-DC (24/48V DC) and high-DC-based e-propulsion systems, was very pleased to be able to do so at a live event: “Online video calling will never replace face-to-face meetings, which are important to understand what our clients need and to explain what we can offer,” said Sacha Loenen, responsible for marketing at WhisperPower. “We enjoyed meeting all our partners and new potential clients at this year’s Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo.”
The show also featured an area for autonomous ship technology: Autonomous Ship Expo, complete with its own conference program, where ship designers, classification societies, fleet owners, naval architects, research organizations and equipment suppliers discussed the developments needed to make autonomous operation a reality, further improving efficiency.
Marine AI was at the show to make visitors aware of its Guardian system, which uses robust AI and decision-making modeling to augment manned-vessel operations and enable fully autonomous voyages. Its Guardian Autonomy product is installed on the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), which recently made its maiden voyage – a 4,400km trip from Plymouth in the UK to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. “It is the first unmanned vessel to go across the Atlantic, so we’re keen to inform people here about the possibilities,” explained Matthew Ratsey, Marine AI’s managing director.
Vard Electro launched SeaQ Remote, set to debut on 14 new-build marine robotic vessels contracted with shipbuilder Vard (part of the Fincantieri Group). The system provides centralized remote operation of automated ship control systems and deck machinery in support of lean crewing, lower costs, safety and sustainability, helping to facilitate a new generation of larger robotic vessels. “This represents a technological leap that is also the natural next step in our evolution based on long-established expertise in supply and integration of advanced SeaQ automated control systems for such areas as energy management, propulsion, bridge and navigation on more than 300 vessels,” said Vard Electro’s CEO, Andrea Qualizza.
The show also staged the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, coordinated by Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International magazine and officiated by a panel of international journalists and industry experts. The coveted Supplier of the Year Award was won by Corvus Energy; the Innovation of the Year Award went to Wärtsilä for its dedicated fuel supply system for methanol – MethanolPac; in the hotly contested Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year category, Kongsberg Maritime came out on top, with the judging panel impressed by the company’s experience providing products within automation, bridge systems, dynamic positioning, electric and digital solutions, and propulsion control for a wide range of applications.
For more information and videos from this year’s event, click here. With the 2022 event a resounding success, dates have now been announced for 2023. Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe 2023 will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 20, 21, 22, 2023.