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Life Cycle Engineering Experts Propose an Innovative Solution for Reducing Greenhouse Emissions in the Maritime Industry
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships is difficult and complex, with many pathways under consideration. Many maritime industry leaders are evaluating changing the fuels from petroleum-derived to renewable or non-carbon-based, which may require significant fueling infrastructure and ship fuel-system design and may impact the cruising range and operation of vessels. That’s why Life Cycle Engineering’s subject matter experts have proposed to the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program (META) to evaluate an innovative and quicker solution for the short term: comprehensive shipboard carbon capture solutions to reduce GHG and combat climate change. The project was awarded by MARAD because it supports the broader efforts within the META Program to investigate and address maritime de-carbonization solutions.
Creativity. Talent. Know-how. Experience. Those are descriptors for the type of engineers you want helping to develop and test a working prototype. That’s why Life Cycle Engineering is a preferred partner when it comes to making the jump from a technology design to a working prototype. LCE’s engineering experts solve problems for clients from the U.S. Navy to market-leading manufacturers.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the single largest consumer of oil within the United States, constituting roughly 80 percent of the government’s usage profile. With fossil fuel price volatility, “the DOD has had to do significant budget machinations,” said Joelle Simonpietri, U.S. Pacific Command’s operational manager. To counter the reliance on foreign oil, and the associated costs, the DOD has made it a priority to research alternative fuels that will reduce total cost, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
NAVSSES Upgrades Machinery Control System, Brings Navy One Step Closer to First All-Electric Warship
USS Makin Island (LHD-8), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, is the first U.S. Navy surface ship to implement systems and electric motors for distribution and electric propulsion. The purpose of the electric drive system is to save fuel by acting as an alternative to the gas turbine engines during low-speed operations, where gas turbines are less fuel efficient. Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) helped tackle design challenges of the Machinery Control System (MCS) to maximize effectiveness in a complex machinery environment. LCE performed software testing, training and installation for a seamless upgrade.
In conjunction with SSES engineers, the LCE engineering team on the project took the MCS and FCS software code and redesigned and tested the system.