ABB has released a new concept in electric propulsion, ABB Dynafin. ABB Dynafin has been designed to increase efficiency in the marine industry by copying the movements from a whale’s tail. ABB Dynafin is expected to be operational by 2025, and could see a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by up to 22% compared to traditional shafting systems. The new propulsion system is suitable for medium and small-sized vessels including wind-farm supply vessels, passenger ferries and yachts, improving passenger and crew comfort levels along with its significant energy savings.
Independent research by OSK-ShipTech confirmed that the ABB Dynafin technology does indeed reduce energy consumption by up to 22% when compared to traditional propulsion systems and, coupled with zero-emission battery and fuel cell technologies, could prove to be a significant innovation in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. ABB’s aim is to contribute towards the shipping industry’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels. The new propulsion concept is the latest from ABB in electrical, automation and digital technologies and will complement the existing drive portfolio that ABB has built up over its 30-year history of success in the marine industry.