ABS is an industry leader in providing guidance for the safer development and deployment of hybrid power and is supporting its adoption with a strategy that focuses on the three areas of storage, distribution and generation, and advances integration of hybrid power systems into marine and offshore assets. For the SEACOR lithium-ion battery integration project, ABS provided several key reviews and verifications.
As technology evolves and regulatory complexities increase, the marine industry is faced with the reality of both complying with environmental requirements and meeting operational demands. To deal with these challenges, owners and operators are turning to more non-conventional sources of energy to power and propel vessels. As the industry moves ahead, hybrid electric power systems will play a key role for some vessels, in meeting the regulatory and operational demands placed on vessels.
To assist the industry in navigating this technology, ABS has introduced several guidance documents dedicated to the application of hybrid electric power systems, including the ABS Guide for Hybrid Electric Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications which addresses this topic, specifically for marine and offshore assets designed, constructed, or retrofitted with a hybrid electric power supply.
Additionally, ABS has issued the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems which takes a measured approach to evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages, challenges and level of readiness for the primary hybrid electric power systems and components that are most suited for marine and offshore applications. The comprehensive list of technologies addressed in the Advisory includes lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, flywheel energy storage, fuel cells, wind and solar.
ABS has also introduced its Guide for use of Lithium Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries (Battery Guide) providing class requirements and reference standards to facilitate effective installation and operation of lithium battery systems.