The consortium brings together leading academic bodies and industry experts to bolster Finland’s leadership in developing low-carbon technologies for shipping and off-road transport
NAPA, the leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider has announced its participation in the Clean Propulsion Technologies project (CPT), a consortium led by the University of Vaasa that aims to develop radically new low-carbon solutions across global transport sectors. NAPA will apply its technical expertise to further enable methods to model and optimise total energy consumption on the two-year project.
Funded by Business Finland, which has pledged €7.9 million to support the consortium, the project aims to cement Finland’s position as a global technology leader through bringing economically viable low carbon technologies from the research phase to real-world application in line with global environmental regulation.
NAPA will apply its unrivalled expertise and data-driven voyage optimisation solutions, NAPA Fleet Intelligence and NAPA Performance models, to develop methods to model and optimise total energy consumption on the project. The company will specifically draw on its ‘Optimization of Total Energy Consumption Onboard (OTECO)’ initiative, which takes a holistic approach to energy optimisation, to incorporate the novel propulsion energy arrangements developed in the CPT project.
NAPA will develop virtual models in collaboration with the consortium partners to improve the modelling of non-conventional propulsion unit arrangements and the inclusion of important onboard energy consumers.
These will include vessel components such as hotel load for cruise vessels and cargo warming and cooling for LNG carriers and other merchant vessels. By enabling the global usage of proper tools for virtual modelling and making them available for all stakeholders, it estimates that shipping efficiency can be improved by approximately 10-20%.
Teemu Manderbacka, Lead R&D Engineer, NAPA Shipping Solutions, said: “At NAPA, we have a wealth of unique insights into the overall impact of novel clean technologies on shipping’s emission and trade flow in a defined area or route per different ship type. This expertise and knowledge, coupled with NAPA Fleet Intelligence voyage data and NAPA Performance models, will enable us to help support the aims of the CPT project and further decarbonise the shipping industry.
“The cooperation with the consortium helps us by bringing together companies and universities with mutually complementary technology expertise on cleaner shipping. NAPA contributes to the consortium by providing insights on overall ship technical and operational performance globally.”
The CPT consortium consists of six research organisations (University of Vaasa, Aalto University, Tampere University, Åbo Akademi University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) and nine companies (Wärtsilä Finland, AGCO Power, Meyer Turku, NAPA, Dinex Finland, Proventia, Geyser Batteries, Bosch Rexroth and APUGenius). The total project volume is approximately 15 million euros, out of which €7.9 M is provided as Business Finland support. The rest is funded by the consortium’s members.
Image: NAPA Voyage Optimization applies energy consumption modelling for ship weather routing. Further research aims to develop methods to model and optimize total energy consumption.