Efficiency and Life Cycle Solutions
We are excited to see our clients demanding green design options. Design improvement is one of the most effective means of reducing emissions without changing fuels. Glosten performs state-of-the-art hull form optimization and model testing to reduce resistance and fuel consumption. Other green design improvements include propulsion optimization, variable-frequency drive applications, power plant design and heat recovery, all of which increase the overall efficiency of the vessel. Any optimization that increases the fuel efficiency of the vessel pays for itself through a reduction in life cycle operating costs. Hull form optimization can also reduce the impact on protected coastlines of wake wash from high-speed vessels.
Glosten’s marine engineering group works to optimize auxiliary machinery to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Marine vessels have traditionally not been designed with energy efficient auxiliary systems. Areas for savings range from inefficient lighting, high-load axial fans, oversized cooling pumps, and inefficient electric motors. Advances in shoreside applications, such as reliable, low-cost, variable-frequency motors, are making their way onto marine vessels. The opportunities are greatest for large oceangoing vessels, but harbor craft can also benefit.