Bowman Power's Engine Efficiency Solution for the Marine Sector

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

November 14, 2018

  • A cutaway depiction of the Bowman ETC system. CREDIT: Bowman
  • A cutaway depiction of the Bowman ETC system. CREDIT: Bowman A cutaway depiction of the Bowman ETC system. CREDIT: Bowman

A consortium, led by Bowman Power Group Ltd has created a new, marine-capable system designed to increase engine efficiency and reduce emissions.

According to Bowman, the timing of this technology couldn't be better, coming just months after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reached an agreement to cut carbon emissions from the global shipping industry by at least half by 2050.

The project was part-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, and a leading research and innovation hub. Key engine original equipment manufacturer (OEM), certification and academic partners - Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS), Lloyds Register and University College London (UCL) – provided guidance and support. In total the project cost £1.5 million.

Bowman put forward its electric turbo compounding (ETC) technology as the basis for development, while RRPS provided key information and simulation results for its MTU Series 4000 M93 engine, which is commonly used in the marine sector.

Bowman worked with the Marine Research Group at UCL to determine the feasibility of ETC technology across a range of marine fleet sectors. Specifically, UCL developed a system modelling approach to explore the benefits, performance, limits, secondary impacts and expected results, all of which provided the necessary justification for the project to continue.

Following completion of the modeling, Bowman moved forward with prototyping and testing. It built seven different turbo generator and power electronics prototypes and tested them in different applications including in a specialist test facility and within a number of land-based applications. This enabled them to simulate real operating conditions.

To ensure the product met specific criteria for the marine market, Bowman worked with Lloyd's Register to create mechanical and electrical marine compliance response documentation.

As a result of this work, Bowman was able to deliver a road map, validated with testing, to produce a marine-capable ETC system, based on its flagship ETC 1000 product. It demonstrated the potential to achieve considerable fuel savings of up to 7.8% and a reduction in CO2 emissions for a number of ships currently in operation, at sea and in port.

Paul Dowman-Tucker, CEO of Bowman, said, “In the past 12 months we have explored and successfully entered a number of new markets, including active discussions with two large marine engine OEMs and a major ferry operator. The support of Innovate UK, and our partners, went a long way towards making this happen. We are very grateful to all the parties involved for their help with this achievement.”

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