Improving vessel performance and lowering emissions are two main drivers for asset owners. To equip a vessel with batteries is often presented as a method of increasing sustainability. For Bakker Sliedrecht this is only the starting point, a source of power and energy. The true value is created in the dynamic collaboration of all energy generators and storage solutions. The Bakker philosophy is to optimize the grid with various functionalities, which combined can improve the efficiency of conventional sources, and enable the grid for the use of more sustainable options. All solutions are optimized for the vessels characteristics and operational profile, both for existing and new build vessels.
The modular ESS enables existing ships to be made ready for the (temporary) use of sustainable energy carriers and generators with only limited modifications. The Energy Storage Solution is packaged in an ‘easy to transport’ 20-40ft container which can be directly connected to the on-board energy network. The Energy Storage Solution can easily be connected to any form of energy storage or generation available on the market.
Newbuild vessels have the option to (partially) integrate the Energy Storage Solution functionalities. Depending on the operational profile all control and safety functionalities can be integrated while available storage and generation containers can be placed based on project requirements.
At the moment battery containers and solutions are the go-to solution to store energy and optimize existing powerplants. An increasing number of dredging and offshore operators start to explore the opportunities provided with supercaps and LNG generators. Once new power storage technologies such as hydrogen have been developed, they can be integrated to the ESS in a ‘plug & play’ way.
The hardware platform is available as an integrated solution or as a modular containerized version. Both available for newbuild or existing vessels. The inverter design, one of the main components in the solution, is based on Bakker's drive solutions, which have a proven track record throughout the industry. These inverters connect the batteries (or other sources) to the main switchboard and adding functionality to the system. The inverter can be equipped with various functions, each with a specific function, depending on the vessel configuration. In addition to safe and reliable distribution, the ESS also ensures the smart management of energy flows so that they are optimally utilized.
The maritime sector has agreed that by 2050 CO2 emissions from maritime shipping will be reduced by at least 70% compared to 2008. It has been agreed that inland shipping will be emission free and climate neutral by 2050. Ambitious goals that suit an ambitious sector.