Hybrid research cat will feature BAE Hybrigen solution

Written by Nick Blenkey
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BAE Systems will supply the electric hybrid power and propulsion system for a new maritime research vessel for the University of Vermont.

BAE Systems has been selected to supply the electric hybrid power and propulsion system for the new maritime research vessel under construction at Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck, N.Y., for the University of Vermont (see earlier story).

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,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “This proven and reliable technology will create a new and sustainable way for the University of Vermont to conduct its critical research.”

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 provide emission-reducing benefits to the environment, create a smooth ride for passengers and help operators save on maintenance costs.

The technology builds on the BAE’s 20-plus years of experience developing and integrating power and propulsion systems. Those systems power more than 13,000 transit buses worldwide, including in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. The new system leverages that core technology for the water with USCG-certified controls and components.

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