A new consortium, known as Hemos (Holistic Energy Management and Optimisation System) funded through the Horizon Europe initiative, has been formed to find a “Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes”.
The Hemos consortium consists of LTH-Baas, Estonia; Baltic Innovation Agency, Estonia; Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II, Italy; and InEpact, Sweden, in alliance with Royal Caribbean Group, Miami, USA.
The Hemos project aims to decarbonise the EU fleet by improving ship’s heat energy system through optimisation of heat flow topology, with dynamic calculation model, as well as including latest advancements in heat energised technologies. The main target is to increase ships’ efficiency by 14% with a payback of around three years. in addition to the partnership that Hemos has with Royal Caribbean Group, several shipowners have expressed interest in conducting data analysis on their vessels
Martin Jõgeva, Naval Architect LTH-Baas and Engineering Support, Hemos project, said: “Witnessing major interest in Hemos reassured us that we are moving in the right direction. We are enthusiastic about collaboration in the maritime industry and are open to exchanging best practices. We also encourage the scientific community to reach out to us and see where we can work together. Hemos is excited about future technologies and decarbonising the EU’s fleet by improving the ship heat energy system. We are thrilled to welcome like-minded people and businesses on board with us, so feel free to contact us.”
Kieron Loy, Group Marketing and Sales Manager of InEpact and member of the Hemos team, said: “I recently attend the SMM Expo in Hamburg. Naturally, I visited other provider stands to review their offerings in terms of decarbonisation and cost savings. It was encouraging to see that Hemos uniquely takes the holistic approach, tailored for each application rather than an off-the-shelf offering centred on a small part of the total vessel. The Hemos approach is complete and comprehensive thermal mapping of the vessel, and all that impacts the energy on-board, such as weather conditions, passenger numbers and other influencers.”
Ships emit around 1bn tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, or 3% of global emissions. If it were a country, shipping would be the sixth-largest polluter in the world, according to the World Economic Forum. To reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, global emissions need to reach net zero by mid-century. But without further action, by 2050 shipping emissions are expected to at best fall by 10% and at worst rise by 30% from their 2008 levels. Thus, shipping plays a crucial role in the world’s decarbonisation effort.