Hybridization of Steerable Marine Thrusters
In early ship design stage the system integration designers face the question of which system architecture to choose for the ship. The hybrid powertrain is familiar from modern passenger vehicles and has shown potential in lowering emissions and fuel cost savings.
However, this potential is strongly dependent on the operation of the power system. This work presents a methodology to assist the designer in the early decisions by optimizing power management in the chosen machinery and, as one example, showing if a more complex power system creates any savings.