We are seeking novel, cost-effective approaches to recover energy from exhaust gases from ship engines and transform into a more useful energy form (e.g., electricity to supply hotel loads on board the ship).
The companies comprising the Swedish-based Stena Sphere represent one of the largest private shipping groups in the world. We are seeking solutions that can be applied to cargo and passenger ships that travel in all of the world’s oceans.
Currently, combustion engines onboard ships have an efficiency of 50% or less. If we consider a ship consuming 10000 tonnes of fuel in one year, less than 5000 tonnes is transformed into "usable" energy.
These energy losses are primarily radiant heat loss and the sensible heat of exhaust gases. About 30% of the total energy available is lost through the exhaust gases. Typically, the temperatures of the exhausts are in the region of 250-350 deg C.
In the ideal case, we would like to convert a significant portion of this waste heat directly into electricity in a cost effective manner.
Also, a 1MW engine produces a mass flow of about 7 tonnes/hour. We would also be interested in approaches to transform a portion of the kinetic energy of this exhaust stream into electricity.
Today there are different solutions for capturing the energy, but they are capital intensive, energy inefficient, and costly to maintain. As a result, interest in investment in these kinds of systems is limited in the marine industry.
Examples of known technology applied on ships are:
We are especially interested in industrial scale applications of Thermoelectric Generators (TEG) that use the temperature difference between the exhaust gas and the ambient air to directly transform waste heat into electricity
We would also be interested in efficient turbine systems that generate electricity from the kinetic energy from the massflow and velocity of the exhaust gases.
We are looking for concise, non-confidential proposals. The proposal should describe the technical approach and should ideally include information on the technological readiness of the proposal, any proof of concept data, reference to any peer reviewed publications, and potential route to commercialization.