Finnish University of Vaasa is leading a consortium of several other universities and organizations in a EUR 15 million project aiming to develop new low-carbon solutions across global transport sectors.
he two-year Clean Propulsion Technologies project (CPT) aims to cement Finland’s position as a global technology leader through bringing economically viable low carbon technologies from the research phase to real-world application in line with global environmental regulations.
The CPT consortium consists of six research organizations (University of Vaasa, Aalto University, Tampere University, Åbo Akademi University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) and nine companies (Wärtsilä Finland, AGCO Power, Meyer Turku, NAPA, Dinex Finland, Proventia, Geyser Batteries, Bosch Rexroth and APUGenius).
The total project volume is approximately 15 million euros, out of which €7.9 M is provided as Business Finland support. The rest is funded by the consortium’s members.
Maritime software services provider, NAPA, became the latest organization to have joined the consortium this week. As part of its participation, NAPA will apply its technical expertise to further enable methods to model and optimize total energy consumption on the project.
The company will specifically draw on its ‘Optimization of Total Energy Consumption Onboard (OTECO)’ initiative, which takes a holistic approach to energy optimization, to incorporate the novel propulsion energy arrangements developed in the CPT project.
NAPA will develop virtual models in collaboration with the consortium partners to improve the modeling of non-conventional propulsion unit arrangements and the inclusion of important onboard energy consumers. These will include vessel components such as hotel load for cruise vessels and cargo warming and cooling for LNG carriers and other merchant vessels.
By enabling the global usage of proper tools for virtual modeling and making them available for all stakeholders, it estimates that shipping efficiency can be improved by approximately 10-20%.
The cooperation with the consortium helps us by bringing together companies and universities with mutually complementary technology expertise on cleaner shipping. NAPA contributes to the consortium by providing insights on overall ship technical and operational performance globally,
…said Teemu Manderbacka, Lead R&D Engineer, NAPA Shipping Solutions.