MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) is an Innovate UK project under the ‘Managing Energy on Marine Vessels’ Competition.
Rising fuel costs, emissions regulation and concerns about carbon emissions are severe challenges for marine vessel operators and their supply chains and the MOVE project is developing a novel solution to all three. Initially targeting the commercial work boat sector, it will allow vessel operators to optimise vessel performance through improved selection of propulsion and generation systems, enable better maintenance of the vessel to maximise cost-effectiveness, and enhance vessel mission planning.
MOVE is developing and validating an easily-fitted system to capture the instantaneous power output from the vessel’s engines, in conjunction with more standard monitored data (engine speed, vessel speed & heading, fuel consumption). Although technology already exists to gather this data it is often time consuming to install. The project is refining this to provide a device which can be quickly retro-fitted and removed. This makes this MOVE system commercially more attractive for vessel owners. Although it will not be implemented within the project, the device will have the potential for future enhancement through the application of energy harvesting technology. This would allow it to be powered independently of the vessel’s electrical system and further reduce installation time.
The MOVE technology will be deployable on a wide range of marine engines including main propulsion and auxiliary power. Key areas that will benefit from the technology include:
• Vessels servicing ‘green industries' such as offshore wind farms and ocean energy installations.
• Vessels that already face a requirement to install some engine monitoring capability (eg fishing vessesls) for regulatory reasons.
• Port and harbour vessels (tugs, pilot launches and survey vessels) and short-haul ferries which typically face a highly variable load/speed for manoeuvring, where dynamic performance is important.
To ensure the technology is developed and valorised to full effect the project is facilitating the ‘MOVE Interest Group’. Through this potential end-users and other interested parties will be able to learn more about the project outputs and contribute their ideas as to how it may be used to best advantage in the marine sector. Group members will be the first to see the public project information and will have the opportunity to interact with the project consortium and other interested parties. Additionally, the Interest Group members will also be invited to attend workshops and networking sessions as the technology develops.
Membership of the Interest Group is free of charge, to join please click on the green ‘join’ button.
• Datum Electronics Ltd
• Gardline Geosurvey Ltd
• Lloyd’s Register EMEA
• Marine South East Ltd
• REAP Systems Ltd
• Triskel Marine Ltd
• University of Strathclyde