Energy Globe World Award 2019
Hubert Palfinger Technologies GmbH
With the project:
Automated Hull Treatment
In the whole world there are around 60,000 trading ships that need to be re-colored every five years. For a long time, the maritime maintenance business has used the same old methods to apply new color to the ships. These methods usually are a burden on the environment. In this innovative Austrian project, this process was automatized which has a lot of advantages. The work safety has improved, cleaning is easier and the amount of colors is reduced by 20% which in turn reduces the costs by almost 50%. CO2 emissions have been reduced by 3%, less fossil fuel is needed and the pollution of the air is also lowered.
For decades, the maritime maintenance business has not seen any developments in the automation of the various work processes for ship/hull maintenance. Shipyards are responsible for high environmental impacts by using manual processes for surface preparation or corrosion/fouling protection. High performance antifouling protection coatings were applied manually and usually in bad quality, causing unnecessary friction which leads to high fuel consumptions of the worldwide merchant fleet.
This new treatment is the first worldwide environmentally friendly and cost optimized automated hull treatment system for maintaining ship hulls. The rotor jet tool is a modern flexible basket mounted tool primarily for working on ship hulls or similar surfaces. In combination with direct vacuuming it ensures eco-friendly rust removal and old coating removal with waste and waste water collection.
For cleaning the ship before the application of the new color now water is used instead of grit dust which is not only better for the workers but also for the environment. The closed loop water system ensures that only as much water as is really needed will be used for the cleaning of the ship. Ground based operation of the color application makes it possible for the workers to stay away from applying the colors themselves, making their work environment safer.
Group of Finnish companies: Fortum, ST1, Neste, HSY
With the project:
Geothermal Energy for the district heating of Espoo and Renewable Fuels for sustainable transportation
In the Finnish town of Espoo, public-private-people partnerships were established with the goal of making the city carbon neutral by 2030. The participating companies are involved in the regional transformation to carbon neutrality, but also innovative in their business fields. The proposal showcases with clear evidence the importance of several parallel forefront activities and their synergic collaboration.
The Finnish city of Espoo has officially become a city only in 1972. Five city centers were combined and the city of Espoo was formed and planned. Visionary decision-makers have designed it in a way that is has become the most sustainable city in Europe. But this is still not enough to fight the climate change: New knowledge, new innovative solutions, new concepts and industrial break-through initiatives are needed.
Partnerships between people, the private sector and the public are formed. The joint measures have the clear target of making Espoo city carbon neutral already by 2030. In order to achieve this, the use of coal in this city will be replaced by renewables. Several activities are also targeted to promote regional circular economy solutions. Several activities for the production of carbon-free energy are being planned or on their way to implementation.
The combination of various measures makes this project innovative. For example, the introduction of renewable jet fuel achieves up to 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions since it is made of renewable raw materials. Another example is the construction of a wastewater treatment plant which is able to remove over 96% of the phosphorus and organic matter and in addition produces carbon-neutral district heating.
Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
With the project:
EconX - Knorr-Bremse TruckService's industrial remanufacturing gives old products a second life
Knorr-Bremse evolved to a major player in the remanufacturing business offering high quality heavy duty reman products for commercial vehicles under the brand name „EconX“. All worn parts are exchanged, updates to conform to latest serial technology can be made and all products are thoroughly tested before re-selling them to the market.
Although the company has over 70 years of experience in the remanufacturing of some products, this was never pursued strategically, only locally and for a few product groups. In 2014, the importance of this business field and the possibility to extend a product‘s life via industrial remanufacturing were recognized and an own department was founded.
All remanufacturing capabilities were bundled in a new specialized remanufacturing plant in Czech Republic to enable an industrial remanufacturing process under serial conditions. In 2015, the plant was opened centralizing reman processes, e. g. core (old, used products) receipt and sorting, disassembly, cleaning and reconditioning. Reassembly and end-of-line testing is either done at the reman plant or at the original serial lines at other plants, depending on the product group to maximize utilization of all assembly lines.
Knorr-Bremse patented several of its cleaning and reconditioning process steps that were specifically developed by its engineers. The company actively participates in research projects, currently for example in the publicly funded project ASPIRE with Fraunhofer Institute and other industry partners to improve the cleaning of components for higher reusability rates. Additionally, damaged cores are photo-documented with their rejection reason via tablet computers, generating a PDF report with an overview of rejected cores for the customers.
With the project:
DC Micro Power grid with energy storage integrated for marine & offshore vessels
BlueDrive PlusC is a revolutionary propulsion system that was specifically designed to help marine vessel owners and the wider offshore industry reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of their operations. Siemens has taken the next step in commercializing this technology by combining its experience in the maritime and oil and gas sectors, with expertise in electrical engineering, electronics, and digitalization, to deliver an advanced lithium-ion battery solution.
The shipping, marine, and offshore energy industries have come under immense pressure to improve the sustainability of their operations. In light of this, facility and marine vessel owners and operators have begun to take aggressive measures to lower fuel consumption and associated emissions, while at the same time reducing operational costs. Using vessels with hybrid (diesel-electric) or all-electric propulsion systems has proven to be an effective way of achieving these goals. However, the design and implementation of these systems present many unique technical challenges.
The main motivation for this project was to create a fully integrated power solution that could help the marine and offshore industries reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions, without impacting profitability. The integration of the BlueVault energy storage with BlueDrive propulsion technology represents an advancement on the way to help offshore operators in the oil and gas, shipping, and energy sectors minimize the environmental footprint of their activities.
Multiple hybrid propulsion systems and energy storage solutions exist on the marketplace today, however, few (if any) companies have been able to bring the two together into a fully integrated solution. The integration of field-proven Bluedrive PlusC power and propulsion technology with a state-of-the-art energy storage solution like BlueVault represents a step change on the way to improve sustainability in the marine, offshore, and shipping sectors.