The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has developed a new integrated electric propulsion technology to help China modernise its shipping and naval fleet.
The Chinese shipbuilder’s Wuhan Institute of Marine Electric Propulsion achieved breakthrough in developing the new technology in mid-July 2013.
According to CSIC, the domestic development of propulsion technology will help China reduce dependence on imported ship parts for building ships.
Most surface vessels in China deploy mechanical transmissions and are propelled by a motor or an engine spinning a propeller, while many western countries have implemented gas turbines or diesel generators that generate electricity to power electric motors.
The new technology is expected to address engine issues in China’s navy and the lack of domestically-developed gas turbines to support long distance journeys.
In February 2013, one of CSIC’s research institutions received state approval and funding to start research on core technologies for nuclear-powered ships.