zero-emission shipping

Mission-oriented research programme

To realize (near) zero emission shipping solutions that contribute to a sustainable use of sea and resources while assuring reliable ship operations and meeting the ship functional requirements.
To reach the ultimate goal of zero emission shipping a rethink of ship design and operation has to be made. In recent years evolution of designs and refits to improve efficiency and/or introduction of alternative fuels and power supplies has been undertaken with success. However, the effects of such refits are typically limited by the existing ship designs and infrastructure. In order to reach Zero Emission the entire ship design should be looked at when introducing innovative techniques. For example, when going to alternative (clean) fuels energy density per volume drops, meaning less cargo and more fuel bunker capacity. To compensate one could install additional natural power such as wind assist and increase overall propulsive efficiency as has been a core competence for many years.

The Zero Emission programme looks at the integrated ship design and operational consequences (sub programme 1), it studies specific hydrodynamic solutions to understand their working principles (sub programme 2) and it contributes to the development of ‘ZE validation methodology’ to ensure a fair and transparent comparison and ranking of existing and future ZE solutions based on representative ship operations (sub programme 3).

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Christian Veldhuis

Team Leader Ships - Simulation & Development | Senior Project Manager | Research coordinator Zero Emission Shipping

sub programmes

Integrated Design & Evaluation

The objective of this sub-programme is to demonstrate the impact of “design for zero-emission” on ship and power & energy system design and operational performance, and to objectively compare different technologies.
How to determine the operational ship emission (reduction) and how to compare different zero-emission ship concepts in a fair way is not clear yet. The range of emission reduction solutions is large and their effectiveness often depends on the operational conditions and often the human in the process. Determining the ‘real’ emission reduction of a solution in an early stage is key to make proper choices when designing, building and purchasing a ship.

Integrated Design & Evaluation

The objective of this sub-programme is to demonstrate the impact of “design for zero-emission” on ship and power & energy system design and operational performance, and to objectively compare different technologies.
How to determine the operational ship emission (reduction) and how to compare different zero-emission ship concepts in a fair way is not clear yet. The range of emission reduction solutions is large and their effectiveness often depends on the operational conditions and often the human in the process. Determining the ‘real’ emission reduction of a solution in an early stage is key to make proper choices when designing, building and purchasing a ship.

Marine Power & Energy Systems

The objective of this sub-programme is to develop knowledge and tools to design, model and verify Propulsion, Power & Energy (PPE) systems in their dynamic operation conditions. The developments should contribute to a lowered risk that comes with integrating innovative, non-conventional techniques, and support the maritime sector with the choices to be made in the maritime energy transition. How to integrate new energy and power techniques into a ship in a systematic way and keep the risks at an acceptable level? What is the dynamic response and resulting reliability of the new PPE systems?

Marine Power & Energy Systems

The objective of this sub-programme is to develop knowledge and tools to design, model and verify Propulsion, Power & Energy (PPE) systems in their dynamic operation conditions. The developments should contribute to a lowered risk that comes with integrating innovative, non-conventional techniques, and support the maritime sector with the choices to be made in the maritime energy transition. How to integrate new energy and power techniques into a ship in a systematic way and keep the risks at an acceptable level? What is the dynamic response and resulting reliability of the new PPE systems?

Innovative Hydrodynamics & Aerodynamics for wind propelled ships

The objective of this sub-programme is to predict, improve and measure the performance of wind propelled ships and innovative hydrodynamic concepts that increase the overall propulsive efficiency. For wind assisted propulsion both development and application studies are part of the Zero Emission research programme. For innovative hydrodynamics the basic knowledge development is done in the Resistance & Propulsion programme and the application is part of Zero Emission.

Innovative Hydrodynamics & Aerodynamics for wind propelled ships

The objective of this sub-programme is to predict, improve and measure the performance of wind propelled ships and innovative hydrodynamic concepts that increase the overall propulsive efficiency. For wind assisted propulsion both development and application studies are part of the Zero Emission research programme. For innovative hydrodynamics the basic knowledge development is done in the Resistance & Propulsion programme and the application is part of Zero Emission.
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