BAE Systems to supply electric hybrid power & propulsion system for UVM’s new vessel

BAE Systems, a British arms, security, and aerospace company, has been selected by naval architectural consultancy Chartwell Marine to supply the electric hybrid power and propulsion system for a new maritime research vessel for the University of Vermont (UVM).

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As part of the contract, BAE Systems will supply and integrate the hybrid system, working with the vessel’s builder, Derecktor Shipyard.

As explained, BAE Systems’ HybriGen Power and Propulsion system will help reduce both carbon emissions and the use of fuel by the vessel, which will serve as a floating classroom and lab for students of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources conducting research on Lake Champlain.

“Using green energy to power transportation in the water is an essential part of establishing cleaner waterways and harbors in places where we live, work, and visit,” Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems, commented.

“This proven and reliable technology will create a new and sustainable way for the University of Vermont to conduct its critical research.”

According to BAE Systems, the fully integrated HybriGen Power and Propulsion system includes electric motors, variable speed generators, battery-based energy storage system, and vessel auxiliary power with shore power charging. The technology creates a clean form of power and propulsion for the vessel and its auxiliary power needs such as heat, air conditioning, lighting, and working deck gear.

The electric-powered components not only provide emission-reducing benefits to the environment but also create a smooth ride for passengers and help operators save on maintenance costs, BAE systems added.