MOL has won the 2014 Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE) award for development of a waste heat energy recovery system for marine diesel engines to generate electricity and assist ship propulsion.
The system installed on a large-scale iron ore carrier was jointly developed by the ocean liner, Namura Shipbuilding and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Marine Machinery & Engine Co, the shipping company said in a statement.
The awards are given for excellent papers and research on shipbuilding, marine engineering, general maritime affairs and officially announced developments, inventions and ideas for new technologies.
The system recovers waste heat energy in the exhaust of the main engine and generates electricity with a high-efficiency integrated electric power generator, using a combination of exhaust gas and steam turbine.
The power generated is consumed not only to meet the ship's demands but also to assist in propulsion by fitting the motor to the crank shaft of the main engine.
The system is one of the steps taken towards future marine engines in the ISHIN-III next-generation series of vessels that the company announced in 2010.
Source : HKSG.