Power Generation during Loading and Unloading

Until now power interfaces between carriers and terminals have had limited capabilities (less than 1 MW), they do not meet liquefied natural gas (LNG) or crude carriers safety requirements, and operate at a low voltage (440 volts). Furthermore they involve risky manual handling of heavy cables by the crew. There is an emerging requirement to allow a higher power exchange between carriers and terminals in order to: (1) reduce local harbor emissions by supplying the carriers from the shore via onshore RES (renewable energy sources) (wind-powered) when available; and (2) use the carrier's onboard power generation capability as a 'shadow' power source to meet power consumption demands if RES are not available. The PLUG project aims at developing a 'hands off ' concept were a single crew member can perform the connection/disconnection task without directly handling the power connector and the power cables. It also features the quick emergency safe disconnection capability required for LNG and crude carriers. In addition, PLUG addresses the development of operational crew and terminal procedures and of data exchange systems between all the stakeholders (charter companies, crews, ship owners, customs, terminal operators, power traders, power networks, power consumers or providers, etc.) in order to allow an easy and user-friendly power exchange operation without impairing cargo handling systems.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Global Change and Ecosystems

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Feger, Damien

  • Start Date: 20061000
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090400
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25672

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461583
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM