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Influence of Solar Energy on Ship Energy Efficiency: Feeder Container Vessel as Example

A. Aijjou, L. Bahatti, and A. Raihani
SSDIA Laboratory, ENSET Mohammedia, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco
Abstract—The shipping industry is facing three major challenges: climate change, increasing bunker fuel price and tightening international rules on pollution and CO2 emissions. All these challenges can be met by reducing fuel consumption. The energy efficiency of shipping is already very good in comparison with other means of transportation but can still be and must be improved. There exist many technical and operational solutions to that extent. But assessing their true and final impact on fuel consumption is far from easy as ships are complex systems.
The use of clean and renewable energies, such as solar energy for instance, is proposed as a method to improve the ship efficiency. Ships can get the benefits from solar energy since most of their upper decks are always exposed to the Sun, especially in tropical regions.
The article presents an example of practical application of energy saving by fitting the solar panels on container vessel. The paper discusses the effectiveness and challenges of installing solar panels for auxiliary power production on board a ship. 

Index Terms—environment, energy efficiency, container vessel emissions, solar energy

Cite:A. Aijjou, L. Bahatti, and A. Raihani, "Influence of Solar Energy on Ship Energy Efficiency: Feeder Container Vessel as Example," International Journal of Electrical Energy, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 21-25, June 2019. doi: 10.18178/ijoee.7.1.21-25

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