Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Siemens backs concepts and solutions for sustainable ship operation

30.07.2010
Rising costs, greater competitive pressure and ever stricter environmental regulations are driving new developments in shipping and shipbuilding that are designed to protect the environment and increase energy efficiency.

Profitable trading and environmental compatibility are not mutually exclusive, but a competitive factor. Siemens Marine Solutions will be showcasing solutions for shipyards and ship operators at the SMM 2010 Trade Fair, under the motto "Navigate to new horizons - Get on course with green returns", that will sustainably increase the environmental compatibility and commercial efficiency of overall shipping operations. Siemens is presenting EcoMain, the first technical and economical operational management system that helps ship operators and shipping companies to optimize their use of energy and resources in a wide range of on-board processes.

Environmental protection, energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness are becoming more and more important, not only on land but also at sea. Siemens is developing EcoMain – a technical and economical operational management system for ships and fleets – to offer shipyards and operators solutions that follow the ecological trends in shipbuilding, and increase the cost-effectiveness of overall shipping operations in the long run. EcoMain is designed to optimize operating processes on board, not only saving money and energy, but also reducing emissions. The basis of the new ship management solution is a platform on which all the operating data is collected and saved in a standard format. Existing system modules, for example for energy management and heat recovery, as well as new and third-party systems, such as container management, can also be installed on the platform, and fed with the data it collects. There is a separate process simulation behind each module, which visualizes potential operating processes, and gives the operator recommendations such as for optimizing marine navigation and reducing fuel consumption. Up to now, such systems have managed individual processes successfully, but the data pooled from all the system modules has not been further processed or used optimally.

EcoMain provides a data platform and modules which can be used to monitor and optimize the entire operation of the ship. Standardized interfaces also facilitate data exchange between the individual systems.

Additional, newly developed modules will be added in due course. Among other things, Siemens is planning a communication tool specifically for the exchange of information among the ship's crew and for safeguarding expert knowledge. Siemens will be demonstrating EcoMain at the SMM 2010 using a range of applications for everyday ship operation.

Nowadays, almost 90 percent of the world's commercial goods are transported by ship – and the trend is rising. Ships regulate their stability, trim and draft using their ballast tanks. The tanks contain sea water, which is pumped out during loading and pumped in again during unloading. However, this can let animals and plants, such as algae and mussels, escape into foreign waters. The Siemens Sicure ballast water management system treats this water effectively, reducing the burden on the environment, and ensuring the safety of the ship and its crew. The system is based on a physical separation of organisms and a special treatment process which uses biocides obtained from the surrounding sea water. A control system developed by Siemens regulates the system parameters, so that the water is efficiently cleansed of invasive organisms.

Other major Siemens exhibits at the SMM 2010 Trade Fair are diesel-electric drive systems and hybrid drive concepts that have considerable potential for increasing energy efficiency. This particularly applies to vehicles with frequently changing modes of travel and speeds. The company is also showcasing the Siship SSP (Siemens-Schottel Propulsor), another innovative drive concept. This pod drive has a power rating of up to 12 megawatts per pod and has been designed for ferries, supply ships, product tankers and other ships which need to be highly maneuverable.

Siemens will also be providing information about the waste heat recovery system which enables power to be generated from the waste heat from the ship's engines. The exhaust gas generates steam which then drives turbo-generators through a steam turbine and can also generate up to an extra six megawatts of power for the on-board power supply. This reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 12 percent. Energy costs fall by some 10 percent, making ship operation more economical. The reduced emissions of nitrogen and sulfur oxides also lower the impact on the environment.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility und Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2009 total sales of approximately €35 billion.

The Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world's leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities comprising the business activities of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies, Water Technologies and Industrial Technologies. Activities include engineering and installation, operation and service for the entire life cycle. A wide-ranging portfolio of environmental solutions helps industrial companies to use energy, water and equipment efficiently, reduce emissions and comply with environmental guidelines. With around 31,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Solutions posted sales of €6.8 billion in fiscal year 2009.

Rebecca Zapfe | Siemens Industry
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/marine
http://www.siemens.com/industry
http://www.siemens.com/industry-solutions

More articles from Trade Fair News:

nachricht Fraunhofer HHI at Mobile World Congress with VR and 5G technologies
24.02.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI

nachricht MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin
24.02.2017 | FOKUS - Fraunhofer-Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme

All articles from Trade Fair News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

24.02.2017 | Trade Fair News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>