Finnish ship technology provider WE Tech Solutions has received a repeat order from Jiangnan Shipyard Group in China to deliver its systems for United European Car Carriers’ (UECC) PCTC newbuilding
WE Tech’s power distribution package for the vessel includes its WE Drive, a direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator, DC-link power distribution, energy storage system (ESS) and an energy management system.
WE Tech said the solution will be compliant with IMO’s Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations which enter into force for vessels with keels laid from 2021 in the Baltic region and will place UECC’s new vessels on track to exceed IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
UECC, a European shortsea car carrier, said it is prioritising emissions reduction in its business.
In power take-off mode the vessel’s electrical power distribution will be supplied from a permanent magnet shaft generator. Together with the WE Drive, the power from the shaft generator will maintain stable frequency and voltage independent of main engine revolutions, allowing the propulsion system to operate in an efficient way.
WE Tech said the ESS can help save fuel as it provides both main and auxillary engines with peak shaving under heavy loads, increasing energy efficiency. The battery-based solution also improves flexibility and reliability by providing an energy reserve for blackout prevention so that the auxiliary gensets can be stopped without causing any blackout risk.
The systems reduce operating hours for auxiliary generators, resulting in significant savings in service and maintenance costs, according to WE Tech. During manoeuvring or while in port, the systems offer the ability to lower emissions when the vessel utilises power stored in the ESS.
WE Tech Solutions’ sales manager Martin Andtfolk said the repeat order was an acknowledgement by both shipowner and shipyard of the reliability and environmental sustainability of WE Tech’s products. He added “the efficient power distribution solution together with ESS will make vessel’s electric power generation even more efficient and cost-effective.”
WE Tech received an order in 2019 from Jiangnan Shipyard Group to deliver the same solution for the first two vessels in UECC’s new-generation LNG PCTCs.