DNV GL and its two partners in the FellowSHIP research project have closed the project that was designed to explore the use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell technology in the maritime industry.

The 15-year-long project saw the participation of Eidesvik Offshore and Wärtsilä Norway.

DNV GL Group Technology and Research maritime programme director Bjørn-Johan Vartdal said: “FellowSHIP has been a flagship research project.

“The results from FellowSHIP have shaped our knowledge of battery and hybrid power on-board ships and enabled the industry to implement innovations, which will help to enable the next generation of more efficient and sustainable vessels.”

In 2003, the FellowSHIP project partners started developing a proof of concept and basic implementation principles, which led to the installation of a prototype fuel cell on-board Eidesvik Offshore’s Viking Lady vessel in 2010.

During the course of the project, FellowSHIP also demonstrated the applicability of hybrid battery power systems, especially lithium-ion batteries, in the maritime industry.

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“Eidesvik is continuously searching for the most forward-looking, efficient and environmentally friendly ship designs and operational solutions.”

The partners of the project have established class rules and fully commercialised the resulting technology.

Eidesvik Offshore Technology and Development vice-president Vermund Hjelland said: “Eidesvik is continuously searching for the most forward-looking, efficient and environmentally friendly ship designs and operational solutions for our fleet.

“Upgrading four of our ships with battery systems since 2016 would never have happened without the results, experience and knowledge obtained through the FellowSHIP project.”

FellowSHIP received funding and support from the Norwegian Research Council.