The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton U.K. from April 26 to 28, 2016.
The event will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of innovative power and propulsion systems. The objective is to identify a range of solutions for workboats, pilot boats, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, scientific research craft, superyachts, patrol craft, military and unmanned craft.
The two day conference and one day workshop program is relevant to end-user organizations, marine operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, refit yards, naval architects, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, systems integrators, maritime legislators, government bodies and military.
The program includes 20 expert speakers covering three phases; ‘Here and Now Technology’ considers how the marine industry can utilize the latest engineering. ‘Next Generation Systems’ are within a few years of commercial release. ‘Innovation and Future Possibilities’ are pushing the boundaries far and wide.
Boat builders, engine OEMs and specialist component manufacturers now recognize that they need to work together to develop next generation systems that fit the changing requirements of modern fleets. The unique knowledge gained from presentations and networking sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.
The second conference day ends with a guided tour of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) facility located alongside Lloyd's Register at the new £140 million Boldrewood Innovation Campus at Southampton University. SMMI is a unique centre of excellence, bringing together a research, innovation and education community.
The workshop day considers ‘new marine energy’. Presenters highlight how fuel can be saved, maintenance costs reduced and engine life extended. The Hour of Power concept enables vessels to run in and out of port for an hour on electric with battery power. Fast moving sessions focus on informal discussion and industry experience from subject matter experts including Lloyds Register and DNV GL. A relevant topic is high energy battery installations and Lithium-ion onboard, including the latest MCA Marine Guidance Note.
Conference organizer, John Haynes, said, “It is great to have U.S. battery manufacturer XALT Energy and BAE Systems HybriDrive onboard as their extensive expertise from automotive and land based applications highlights the capabilities of next generation electric and battery technology. It also makes sense to bring in aviation and other transport sectors to drive innovation and support relevant marine safety standards. This is not just green energy for the sake of it. Hybrid is now a viable option and we are focusing on simple and viable business cases for next generation vessels of all sizes.'”