A collaboration project between Solstad Offshore, Corvus Energy, VPS, Vard and Raa Labs has developed a method for monitoring and optimising the use of battery packs on offshore vessels, reducing emissions and improving the return on investment.
Offshore vessels in the North Sea are often equipped with battery packs to allow for improved fuel efficiency, but the most effective use of these batteries in everyday operations has not been standardised, the partners note, due to the lack of data linking the batteries and operational systems.
Solstad Offshore and its collaborators have created a new method for real time monitoring and optimisation of the Corvus Energy battery packs onboard its vessels. Technology company Raa Labs collated data from both the battery packs and core operational systems onboard Solstad’s vessels, sharing all the data in real time onboard and in the cloud. The data can be viewed and analysed within the Maress application from VPS, to identify optimisation opportunities.
“We wanted to ensure that the investments made in state-of-the-art batteries from Corvus Energy, were used in the right way and as much as possible. This would allow us to minimise emissions today, but also to plan for future investments, making sure that we have the right size battery packs installed onboard our vessels,” explained Svein Erik Isaksen, Sustainability Advisor at Solstad Offshore.
“If larger battery packs meant we could use batteries more in our vessel operations, that would be a win-win for us and the environment. The collaboration between Corvus, VPS and Raa Labs has been an enabler for us, giving us an operational insight we have not had before. We already see that we can use this to make our operations even more energy efficient than it is today.”