Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the world’s leading supplier of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, Norsepower Oy Ltd. The collaboration between these industry leaders will facilitate the addition of wind propulsion to KM’s integrated power and propulsion systems.
Under the MoU, shipowners and shipyards will be able to choose between fully integrated systems or solutions incorporating stand-alone products. Firmly focused on sustainability and efficiency, KM already offers complete integrated equipment packages including advanced propellers, power management, power optimization, propulsion transmission products, intake systems power and power (PTO / PTI) and energy storage. By partnering with Norsepower, KM is adding wind propulsion to its portfolio of strategies to facilitate greener operations, aided by its innovative Adjustable Pitch Propeller (CPP) solutions, which can easily handle the variable power supplied by the systems. Rotor Sail.
“This cooperation with Norsepower is a further step towards KM’s ambition to become the leading integrator of green transportation technologies, such as auxiliary wind power, alternative fuels / energy sources and energy saving devices. energy, ”comments Oskar Levander, SVP Business Concepts, Kongsberg Maritime. “There is a growing demand for the use of modern wind propulsion in marine transportation, and we are delighted to be working with Norsepower to achieve this. Together, we will provide support to ship owners and shipyards looking for the most efficient and effective ways to apply Rotor Sail technology, and will collaborate on new ship designs to integrate these technologies and improve energy efficiency. overall.
The Norsepower Rotor Sail solution is the first verified and commercially operational auxiliary wind propulsion technology for the global marine industry. The solution is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to save fuel and emissions, in which case the Rotor sails start automatically. Norsepower has completed six installations to date, including the last installation of five tilting rotor sails on a bulk carrier.
“The shipping industry is under increasing pressure to decarbonize,” comments Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower. “As the industry combines clean technology solutions to accelerate progress towards achieving net zero, it is important that optimal design points are considered when installing all systems. This partnership will accelerate optimization operations for shipowners and shipyards developing complete solutions.
“We are very happy to collaborate with Kongsberg Maritime, as we can accelerate access to the benefits of Rotor Sail by supporting the decarbonization path of maritime transport and further improve the performance of Rotor Sails, alone and with other transitional technologies. energetic. The current savings of 5-25% could be further enhanced with KM’s advanced automation systems, efficient propulsion and other innovative design solutions. “
Levander concludes, “This MoU is a great way to strengthen KM’s ability to consult with customers when planning their future fleet additions and reflects our innovative approach to delivering integrated solutions and upgrades to enable operators to achieve optimal environmental and economic performance. Norsepower Rotor sails fit perfectly into our strategy because they are a proven and economical solution. We look forward to working with Norsepower and making a difference.
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