WP5 Full scale hybrid technology demo

WP Leader: Seppo Niemi, University of Vaasa
Research organizations: University of Vaasa, Aalto University, Tampere University & Åbo Akademi University
Companies: Wärtsilä Finland Oy, AGCO Power Oy, Meyer Turku Oy, Dinex Finland Oy, Napa Oy, Geyser Batteries Oy & Bosch Rexroth Oy

WP5 forms the final stage of the Clean Propulsion Technologies project. The VEBIC engine laboratory and its equipment work as demonstrators showing the entities created and engineered in the whole project.

WP5 extends the power generating set, based on the medium-speed engine, with hybridization equipment, like an electricity storage and inverters. WP5 also creates a propulsion system of multiple power sources with its comprehensive management system, including developed virtual sensors. In the demonstrators, WP5 combines the new combustion mode (RCCI), virtual sensors, management systems and equipment for hybrid operation.

WP5 then demonstrates the created entities and conducts preliminary measurements of performance and emissions. WP5 analyzes the observations and results, and assesses the overall functionality of the RCCI-based medium-speed gen-set and the propulsion system of multiple power sources. WP5 recommends the next steps to be implemented in the future research projects.

Using actual operational and simulated data, WP5 also demonstrates virtually the functionality of the built multiengine and energy consumer models and shows their ability to reproduce the actual operation.

The hardware demonstrations of WP5 aim at the TRL 5 level.

WP5 Tasks & Task Leaders:

5.1 Hybridization of the engine laboratory (Janne Suomela, University of Vaasa);
5.2 Multiple power sources and management system (Kalevi Huhtala, Tampere University);
5.3 Experimental measurements (Seppo Niemi, University of Vaasa);
5.4 Results analyses, recommendations (Seppo Niemi, University of Vaasa);
5.5 Virtual demonstration of models (N. N., University of Vaasa).

WP5 Solutions and innovations:

S1. A full-scale hybrid energy generation plant with advanced combustion and control systems;
S2. Preliminary indications about increased thermal efficiency of a medium-speed multi-fuel engine and near-zero engine-out pollutant emissions;
S3. A full-scale hybrid propulsion system with multiple power sources and demonstration of its functionality;
S4. Novel machinery proposals for vessels, off-road machines and power plants;
S5. A full-scale versatile experimental setup for further studies and development of efficient and clean propulsion systems;
S6. Models providing verified information about multi-engine and energy consumer solutions of ships, with an option to reproduce the real-life operation.