Definition of KPI’s and socio-economic impact

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: R/V Gunnerus & DEMO-2: Atatürk ferry) 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.

In this regard, it is essential for the development of the project that the following objectives of WP1 are achieved:

1)Define and formulate relevant KPI to achieve green, low-noise and sustainable ship propulsion with batteries. KPIs will be defined based on international regulations, requirements, and class notations.

2) Feasibility: Analyse the defined KPI that allows credible consolidation that the electrification and hybridisation of the fleet is a real and achievable goal in the short term.

In order to achieve these objectives, it is essential to carry out this deliverable (D1.1), where the relevant and practical KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for the use case vessels will be defined and analysed, in order to determine the feasibility of fleet electrification, taking into account environmental, economic, social and industrial aspects.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 101095863.

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