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USP Produces Report On Renewable Energy For International Shipping

USP researchers are the lead authors of a major International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) technology review, “Renewable Energy Options for Shipping”. The new report from the UN Agency for Renewable
11 Mar 2015 07:40
USP Produces Report On Renewable Energy For International Shipping
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USP researchers are the lead authors of a major International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) technology review, “Renewable Energy Options for Shipping”.

The new report from the UN Agency for Renewable Energy summarises the current status of renewable energy solutions for shipping. This is also along with barriers and opportunities for further deployment.

It provides recommendations to policy makers on promoting realistic renewable energy solutions.

This may support energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the important and growing shipping sector.

It is the first global review for this sector and the first time IRENA has looked seriously at the energy demands for sea transport.

This cutting edge analysis has been led by USP research associates Dr Peter Nuttall and Alison Newell.

They were assisted by leading experts from Centres of Excellence and industry innovators in Europe.

Dr Nuttal said: “It has been a real privilege to work with such a high calibre team.

“We look forward to bringing their expertise to focus on the unique issues of sea transport in Pacific Island Countries.

The report focused on the potential that renewable energy offers for reducing shipping’s fuel and climate change causing emissions.

Shipping fuel use

USP’s Professor of Climate Change Elisabeth Holland said: “This is particularly significant for the Pacific and Small Islands Developing States.

“In the Pacific, more than 70 per cent of our imported fossil fuel is used for transport – yet to date we have only really looked at electricity, despite it using only 20 per cent of the region’s fuel bill”.

The IRENA report identifies that clean ships are on the cusp of reality.

There is potential for renewable energy to transform the global shipping fleet, including international and domestic transport of goods, people and services; fishing; tourism and other maritime pursuits.

IRENA key findings are:

– Renewable power applications exist for ships of all sizes, as well as on-board and shore-side energy use;

– Renewables can be integrated through retrofits to the existing fleet or incorporated into new shipbuilding and design, with a small number of new ships striving for l00 per cent renewable energy or zero-emissions technology;

– The contribution of renewables to the energy mix of the shipping sector is limited in the near term.  There is, however, strong potential in selected applications. Small-scale shipping, the type most prevalent in the Pacific, is likely to be the biggest beneficiary;

– The International Maritime Organization requires new ships to improve energy efficiency by 30 per cent by 2030; and

– The transition to clean energy shipping requires a significant shift from fossil fuel-powered transport to energy-efficient designs and renewable energy technologies, starting today.

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