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Flexible and modular large battery systems for safe on-board integration and operation of electric power, demonstrated in multiple type of ships

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Ongoing
Geo-spatial type
Infrastructure Node
Total project cost
€9 815 630
EU Contribution
€7 851 668
Project Acronym
FLEXSHIP
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Waterborne icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security
Transport sectors
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
1
Link to CORDIS
Objectives

FLEXSHIP will facilitate the transition of the waterborne sector towards climate neutrality by delivering a digital green concept for electrification of vessels consisting of a Green Digital Twin (GDT) for designing fit-for-purpose vessel electrical grid architectures and integrating a large battery capacity system into two existing vessel (DEMO 1 & 2) electrical systems, a compact, low-weight, modular and simple, high-efficiency battery system, and a safe integration guide of the system onboard ensuring system interoperability

The overall goal of FLEXSHIP is to develop and validate safe and reliable, flexible, modular, and scalable solutions for electrification of the waterborne sector. This includes the reliable design and development of modular battery packs; safe on-board integration including the battery system and its associated electrical distribution grid into the vessel’s existing power grid; optimal design of energy management system (EMS) to maximise the operational flexibility and energy efficiency (both full-electric and hybrid), and smart control for improved lifetime of the battery system and critical power components.

The objectives will be achieved by 8 WP and 16 partners within 48 months. In WP1 identification of specification and mapping of requirements will be done. In WP2 the vessel electrical architecture will be designed and optimised by means of the Green Digital Twin. In WP3 the development and optimisation of individual components and sub-systems will be done and the testing of the system at component/sub-system level will consist of hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) and software in the loop (SiL) tests in WP4. The full FLEXSHIP system will be tested in two demonstrations in WP5 with minimum 150nm sailing distance and in WP6 contributing to 300nm by green digital twin and achieving sustainability analysis and business plan. In WP7 the full system will be evaluated in an exploitation strategy. The innovations will be brought from TRL4/5 to TRL7.

Methodology

The objectives will be achieved by 8 WP and 16 partners within 48 months. In WP1 identification of specification and mapping of requirements will be done. In WP2 the vessel electrical architecture will be designed and optimised by means of the Green Digital Twin. In WP3 the development and optimisation of individual components and sub-systems will be done and the testing of the system at component/sub-system level will consist of hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) and software in the loop (SiL) tests in WP4. The full FLEXSHIP system will be tested in two demonstrations in WP5 with minimum 150nm sailing distance and in WP6 contributing to 300nm by green digital twin and achieving sustainability analysis and business plan. In WP7 the full system will be evaluated in an exploitation strategy. The innovations will be brought from TRL4/5 to TRL7.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.7 - Clean, Safe and Accessible Transport and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.6 - Industrial Competitiveness in Transport
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01-01 Exploiting electrical energy storage systems and better optimising large battery electric power within fully battery electric and hybrid ships (ZEWT Partnership)
Funding Source
Horizon Europe

Partners

Lead Organisation
Partner Organisations

Technologies

Technology Theme
Ship design and manufacturing
Technology
Electric ship concept
TRL
TRL 4
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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