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Demonstrating efficient fully DC electric grids within waterborne transport for large ship applications (ZEWT Partnership)


Publication date
17 February 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
18 April 2024, 17:00 (CEST)


Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes (HORIZON-CL5-2024-D5-01)

TOPIC ID: HORIZON-CL5-2024-D5-01-14

Project outputs and results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Enabling reduced emissions from waterborne transport through increased electrification including hybrid power systems.
  • Demonstration of the feasibility of a secondary smart DC grid (engineering framework, distribution/protection devices).
  • Demonstration of smart management and control of hybrid electric plants, combining different energy sources, including sustainable climate neutral fuels so as to minimize total lifecycle net GHG emissions
  • Development of a new configuration for the entire power generation architecture for large scale waterborne transport ready to be deployed.
  • Development of new power electronic systems for AC/DC converters and DC circuit breakers within the electrical network with higher efficiency.
  • Assessment of the waterborne transport emission reduction from increased electrification including hybrid power systems. Benchmarking and quantification of achieved GHG emission reduction through relevant quantifiable KPIs.
  • Assessment through verifiable KPIs of the operating costs reductions and the reduction in emissions by cutting energy consumption and extending service intervals of the generator sets.
  • Assessment through verifiable KPIs of the efficiency and power density improvements to reduce the overall volume and weight.