NAVAIS – New, Advanced and Value-added Innovative Ships

ProjectBattery storage

Worldwide competition is fierce, and in order to maintain world-leadership in complex, value-added and highly specialised vessels European shipbuilders must develop tailor-made innovative concepts that are efficient to design and build.

NAVAIS will develop a platform-based modular product family approach supported by the 3DEXPERIENCE® integrated business platform. This concept will increase efficiency in vessel design and flexibility in production networks. NAVAIS will specifically focus on passenger/road ferries and multi-use workboats integrating sustainability in the design of the ships. NAVAIS will support the transfer from an engineered-to-order business model to an assemble-to-order business model, which will allow shorter process lead-times, constant quality, reduced design and production costs and better integration of the SME supply chain, thereby increasing competitiveness of the European shipbuilding industry.

Concepts and results

The NAVAIS innovative solution is the adoption of platform-based product family and modular product architecture principles for passenger/road ferries and for workboats. Key results of the NAVAIS concept are expected to include:

“30 % higher efficiency in ship design development, production lead-times and cost, testing and approval times for customised vessels and in reduction of rework during the warranty period”.

NAVAIS introduces two innovative platform-based product families that use modularity in design and production. The core element of this approach is the re-usable library of modules that are:

  1. Of stable quality due to the re-usable character of the modules;
  2. Faster to produce due to the already proven and approved (class) module characteristics and;
  3. Cheaper to produce due to economies of scale and the repetitive element.

EnergyVille/VITO hosts the team working on electrical storage involved in the NAVAIS project and which will be working on the electrification of vessels with a focus on enabling faster charging processes and thermal management.Next to the technology solutions and services such as battery and ultra-capacitor testing and evaluation, modelling, development of battery management systems and integration solutions including dealing with thermal aspects, EnergyVille/VITO also provides economical and life cycle assessment of electrical systems, including storage.

Jeroen Büscher

Researcher Battery and Energy Storage at EnergyVille/VITO

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