HYMAR Project

HYMAR is a €2.2 million, three year, European Union, FP7, funded project scheduled to start in Spring 2009. The aim of the project is to develop an "optimized and fully integrated" marine hybrid-electric drive that the project's proposers call "a necessary first step towards the complete replacement of the internal combustion engine." The project is expected to develop several technological refinements to improve the efficiency of hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial and recreational vessels up to 24 meters.

Specific outputs of the project are expected to be:
 Fully integrated marine hybrid drive system for commercial and recreational craft up to 24m
 Zero emissions to air and zero discernible noise and vibration in harbour
 An increase of 50% in the lifetime kilowatt-hour performance of lead-acid batteries in marine hybrid applications
 Full compliance with European Commission Directive 2003/10/EC (Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2007)
 Propeller efficiency increased by 5% at full load and >15% at "off design point" operation
 Reduction of overall fuel consumption by 20%, tending to >90% on long distance sailing boats
 CO2 reduction of 20% in all "off design point" applications such as fishing boats, pilot boats and small commercial ferries 

European partners in the HYMAR project are Bosch Engineering- Germany, Malo Yachts - Sweden, Steyr Motors - Austria, Victron Energy - The Netherlands, Brunton Propellers - UK, Enersys – UK, Emotion Special Projects – UK, and INSEAN (L'Istituto nazionale per studied esperienze di architettura navale) - Italy.

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