BlueGrid vessel-to-grid (V2G) allows electric boats to not only consume power but also feed power back into the grid when the vessel is at port or being stored. Electric boats are connected bidirectionally to the grid, allowing them to charge their batteries when power is greener and inexpensive, and then feed that power back into the electric grid when demand is high.
Our BlueGrid technology can drive many benefits for electric propulsion manufacturers for vessels:
1. Revenue Generation:
BlueGrid can provide an additional source of revenue for vessel operators. By selling excess energy back to the grid during port stays, they can offset operating costs and potentially earn money from energy sales. This helps buyers financially justify buying a new electric boat.
2. Energy Efficiency:
BlueGrid can improve the overall energy efficiency of a vessel’s propulsion system. By allowing vessels to use surplus energy for grid support, the energy management system can optimize the power flow and reduce energy wastage.
3. Carbon Reduction:
BlueGrid can support environmental net zero goals by extending the carbon footprint of vessels. Excess energy can be supplied to the grid during peak demand times when fossil fuel power plants often come online, displacing carbon-intensive energy sources.
4. Grid Stabilization:
Vessels equipped with BlueGrid capabilities can provide grid stabilization services. They can supply power during periods of high demand or help balance the grid by absorbing excess energy during low demand, which can enhance grid reliability and resilience.
5. Regulatory Incentives:
In some regions, there are regulatory incentives and subsidies for BlueGrid implementation. Electric propulsion manufacturers and vessel operators may benefit from such incentives, which can make the adoption of BlueGrid and electric vessels generally more financially attractive.
6. Competitive Advantage:
Electric propulsion manufacturers that incorporate BlueGrid capabilities into their systems can gain a competitive edge in the market. BlueGrid vessel-to-grid technology can be a unique selling point for their products, attracting environmentally conscious customers and forward-thinking operators.
7. Infrastructure Utilization:
Vessel operators can optimize their investment in energy storage and electric propulsion systems by using them for dual purposes. Energy storage that is essential for propulsion can also contribute to BlueGrid applications, maximizing the return on investment.
8. Sustainable Branding:
Vessel owners, boat builder and OEMs that participate in BlueGrid operations can promote their commitment to sustainability, which can be appealing to customers and stakeholders who prioritize environmentally responsible practices.
Rimot’s BlueGrid Vessel Insights starts the path for designers and owners to electrify their boats through data-driven analysis of voyage and energy. Our technology provides voyage profiles and enables the proper sizing of batteries, motors, and bidirectional charging systems.
An important consideration for OEMs when implementing V2G technology is that electric propulsion systems must be bidirectional capable.
Electric vessel adoption rates are increasing varying on the specific vessel type, energy infrastructure, and regional regulations. The benefits of V2G are becoming increasingly recognized in the maritime industry, making BlueGrid an attractive option for electric propulsion manufacturers seeking to improve their products’ value proposition.
Contact us If you are an OEM looking to increase your competitive advantage with BlueGrid V2G