ABB launches Shipping 4.0 with search for ‘Power of the Future’

ABB has launched its Shipping 4.0 concept with a high-level roundtable discussion on the ‘Power of the Future.’ Industry leaders and journalists met with ABB experts to discuss the technologies and power sources that are shaping the maritime industry. In response to the changing needs of the industry, ABB can also announce the role of Global Product Manager for Energy Storage Systems has been expanded to include the development fuel cell solutions.

The Onboard DC Grid allows the integration of energy storage and fuel cells into onboard power systems, putting ABB in the vanguard of the new generation vessels. Vision of the Fjords is one of those vessels and Rolf Sandvik, CEO of The Fjords who runs the vessel, said at the roundtable, "What we have done so far is with zero support from the government. We are doing it because we believe that people want a carbon-free future, and that technological advances will eventually bring costs down."


The roundtable agreed that whilst mechanical engines would continue to be the norm for some time, energy storage and, eventually, fuel cells offer compelling alternative solutions.John Olav Lindtjørn, Global Product Manager for Onboard DC Grid, ABB Marine and Ports said, "Battery cost and performance is improving continuously driving a wider adoption onboard. Also, we see that fuel cells will come to play an increasingly important role but combustion engines will likely be around for a while still, though its dominance is under threat."

Shipping 4.0 is the theme for ABB's annual customer publication and it is designed to encourage debate on the most prominent issues facing the industry, including; the pace of technology, the role of people and the force of regulation.

In step with its visionary outlook, ABB Marine and Ports has announced Jostein Bogen as the new Global Product Manager for Energy Storage Systems with responsibility to oversee the development of fuel cell systems.

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB's Marine and Ports business said, "We developed the Onboard DC Grid as we anticipated the important role energy storage and fuels cells have to play in the maritime sector. By encouraging debate around the topic and dedicating resources to these technologies, we are establishing ABB as a leading force in the green power revolution.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees


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