FENA2030 - Hybrid propulsion systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam in groups
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam in groups 100/100 1 hours

Course content

The subject provides basic knowledge in the design and analysis of energy systems for ships. This includes various combinations of different energy forms, energy converters and energy transmissions Propulsion of ships. Characteristic characteristics of motors, gears, propellers et. Assessment and selection of various machine solutions, for example conventional diesel / diesel-electric / battery hybrid and alternative forms of energy (alternative fuels). Energy balances for machinery, power input, power for propulsion and heat output delivered in auxiliary systems. Electric power generation with diesel engine, battery solutions etc .... Review of various auxiliary systems: eg. fuel systems, lubricating oil systems exhaust systems, cooling water system, use of waste heat for energy recovery. Electric current, AC / DC systems, Voltage levels. Electrical systems with regulation, automation and instrumentation. Use of electric drives and converters: Engines, batteries, frequency converters, rectifiers, inverters, transformers etc... Combustion of fuels in engines (both fossil and renewable). Balancing chemical reaction equations and quantity calculations for air and exhaust gases including CO2. Connection between excess air in engines and content of components in exhaust gases. Heat transfer, dimensioning of heat exchangers, heat conduction, convection, radiation. evaporation, condensation. Calculation and use of heat transfer numbers, heat throughput figures (U-values). Cold and heat pump processes, significance of temperature levels, power factor, dimensioning.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: - know and understand the physical importance and use of terminology in maritime energy systems as well as units / dimensions for these systems. - know and understand the construction of various machinery systems, propulsion and auxiliary systems for vessels with, among other things, mechanical conventional plants and diesel electric installations. Consequences of choice of machinery solutions with regard to, for example, space requirements, investment, energy consumption and operating costs. - know and understand cyclical processes and sub-processes for different combustion engines and process plants (cold plants / heat pumps etc). - know and understand energy balances for internal combustion engines and associated machinery systems / cooling systems. - know and understand the structure of auxiliary systems. - know the structure and properties of electrical systems and components, including generators, motors, converters, battery systems, etc. - Know and understand the differences between different types of machinery, engines, pumps, heat exchangers and how they are used.

Skills: - be able to analyze and make estimate and detail calculations / dimensioning of composite machinery, subsystems and components such as thermal motors, electric motors and converters, heat exchangers, pumps, and pipe systems. - be able to dimension propulsion systems for vessels based on speed and resistance. - be able to evaluate various machine solutions with regard to economy, performance, energy use and environmental impact.

General competence: - be able to communicate on academic topics with others who have a general background in the field and with less expert environments. - Know about trends in technology for components and system solutions

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. Laboratory exercises. Project as group assignment. A minimum of 3/4 of the compulsory exercises must be approved before admission to the examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

A minimum of 3/4 of the compulsory exercises must be approved before admission to the examination.

Re-sit exam: august.

Specific conditions

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral exam in groups

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral exam in groups 100/100 2024-04-29 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
A434 Hovedbygget 0
Summer UTS Oral exam in groups 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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