In recognition of the growing importance of flexible power in shipping, the Hybrid Power & Propulsion Award will recognise the equipment, systems or vessels that do the most to enable, enhance or exemplify the use of multiple power sources.
Hybrid power is a difficult concept to pin down, but at its heart is the ability to switch between power sources in order to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. For many shipowners’ hybridisation means combining diesel engines with energy storage, but other power sources will increasingly become part of the ship drivetrain – including solar, wind, fuel cells and new clean fuels for use in internal combustion engines.
The ability to control and distribute energy from these power sources will also be a crucial part of the development of hybrid technology and will be eligible under this category.
Nominations for the 2019 awards have now closed, details of those shortlisted will be announced shortly. The award will be presented to the winner at the Marine Propulsion Awards after Day 1 of the Sulphur Cap 2020 conference in Amsterdam on May 8th.