Caterpillar Marine to power Edda Wind zero-emission vessels

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(HOUSTON) — Caterpillar Marine will be the power solutions provider for Edda Wind’s series of four new commissioning service operation vessels (CSOVs) being built at Astilleros Gondan and two new service operation vessels (SOV) to be built at Astilleros Balenciaga shipyards in Spain. Edda Wind is a joint venture of Ostensjo Rederi and Willhelmsen.

The series of vessels will be delivered in 2022-2024. Of the six confirmed units, the first four have been contracted to work on offshore wind farms under long-term agreements with Orsted, Vestas and Ocean Breeze. Together with its partners, Edda Wind is working on developing new technologies based on hydrogen as a safe and efficient energy source. These new vessels are prepared for the future installation of this novel technology, which will turn the CSOV/SOVs into zero-emission vessels without compromising operational capabilities.

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The preparations for future zero-emission propulsion systems are made possible by the Norewgian ENOVA funding program. The upgrades include complete tank systems for hydrogen storage, dedicated machinery space for fuel cells, battery hybrid system, novel type propulsors, and an extensive package of energy saving measures for most auxiliary systems such as HVAC and pumps systems.

The Edda Wind series of CSOV/SOVs are powered by three Cat 3512E engines with 1,700 ekW each, which together with other energy-saving equipment will significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The generator sets are configured for variable-speed operation and are integrated to the electric hybrid system for the vessel with a special configured Cat control cabinet. This combination with Cat variable-speed operation and Cat SCR with IMO III emissions approval will ensure high efficiency over the complete power range, with up to 30 percent CO2 emission reductions and 70 percent NOx emission reductions during engine operations.

– Caterpillar Marine

By Professional Mariner Staff