ABB and Italian shipping company Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) have completed the first chiller optimisation project for the La Suprema ferry.
The project involved the retrofit of a technology that optimises the performance of chillers used for heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems on ferries.
GNV marine operations director Antonio Campagnuolo said: “GNV is committed to investing in modern and advanced solutions to renew on-board systems and to improve the energy performance and consumption of our fleet.
“Working together with ABB helps to achieve our goal of providing an efficient and safe transport service through important investments in energy-saving solutions of our fleet.”
ABB’s chiller optimisation targets the substantial hotel load required for an HVAC system on-board passenger ships.
Based on a target set for chiller optimisation to save 10% of the energy used by chillers, pilot results cut power consumption on-board La Suprema by 18%.
Project results suggest that the owner will save 70MWh of power every month.
ABB Marine and Ports Italy vice-president Daniele Patuelli said: “This is a prime example of the efficiencies that are possible for ships today when owners commit to ABB solutions for digitalisation, connectivity and Smart Sensor technology.
“Our strategy envisages an electric, digital and connected future for shipping and energy-saving solutions that help owners achieve sustainability benefits are a major milestone for this vision for the maritime industry.”
Chiller energy use can be reduced based on algorithms generated from real-time data such as weather forecasts, active learning and 250 HVAC system variables.
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