GE to provide SeaGreen Energy Storage System for one of the first PSV Hybrid Retrofits in Americas

by Andy Jin 24 May 2019 02:38 PDT

Harvey Champion © Harvey Gulf

  • The ‘Plug-and-Play’ containerized storage solution is ideal for vessel retrofits
  • The SeaGreenTM Energy Storage System brings reduced emissions and operating cost and increased vessel availability
  • It has been comprehensively tested at GE’s marine power testing facility

GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) was recently chosen by Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC to provide the latest SeaGreenTM Energy Storage System (ESS) onboard the offshore platform service vessel (PSV), Harvey Champion.

The SeaGreen solution manages energy sources according to load demand, enabling marine operators to optimize energy usage while providing continuity of operations, increased efficiency and reduced emissions.

Included in the transformer-less solution are two 1000A systems, each with batteries, drives and supporting cooling and safety systems, all mounted within a single ISO container. The «plug-and-play» approach makes the solution a simple, fast and cost-effective choice for vessel upgrades.

«The Harvey Champion is one of America’s first offshore support vessels that will be equipped with a battery energy storage system, aiming to achieve emissions reduction and fuel-efficiency benefits. We are pleased to work with GE on this exciting venture and are committed to maintaining our service fleets among the most competitive in the industry,» said Shane Guidry, CEO of Harvey Gulf.

The maritime world is transforming. Following the International Maritime Organization’s stricter regulations, ship operators are looking for innovative technologies to meet the new requirement as well as seizing the opportunity to make sure their fleets stay competitive and performing.

SeaGreen ESS can provide backup power in the event of a power blackout, which is hugely disruptive to vessel operations. It can also provide critical reserve power in the case of the failure of any engine or smooth out peak power fluctuations. Thus, it removes or minimizes the need to run additional engines, avoiding significant additional fuel consumption and engine hours running costs.

«With decades of marine experience, we have a large number of electric and hybrid systems in operation, delivering required performance to the world’s vessel operators across a diverse marine segment,» said Ed Torres, CEO of marine and oil and gas, GE’s Power Conversion business. «Being the latest generation of our energy-efficient hybrid and electric technology portfolio, SeaGreen can fully integrate with GE’s automation and control and dynamic positioning systems to provide the optimized operating experience and vessel performance.»

GE’s SeaGreen solution for Harvey Champion has dual channel, which allows one container to back up two separate switchboards. It is fully self-contained, requiring only simple electrical connections to the vessel. As part of the ESS package, GE’s transformer-less dual-channel LV3 drive has a simple design, reducing power losses across the ship’s electrical network, further elevating energy efficiency at the system level.

Comprehensively tested at GE’s Marine Power Testing Facility over last three years in the United Kingdom the world-class marine hybrid and electric ship testing center GE’s SeaGreen ESS is both available for retrofit and new builds, designed and tested for bringing reduced emissions and operating cost and increased vessel availability.

«With an ever-increasing focus on emissions and other environmental factors, clean marine technologies are high on the marine industry’s agenda and a differentiator for our customers’ vessels to stay competitive. Leading the green wave, we have recently inked a partnership with Nedstack to develop the hydrogen fuel cell technology for zero-emission shipping. The SeaGreen ESS will continue to push the green transition of the shipping industry,» said Azeez Mohammed, president and CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business.


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