Dynamic Positioning System as Dynamic Energy Storage on Diesel-Electric Ships
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Original versionIEEE Transactions on Power Systems 2014, 29:3086-3091 10.1109/TPWRS.2014.2317704
A dynamic positioning (DP) system on a diesel-electric ship applies electric power to keep the positioning and heading of the ship subject to dynamic disturbances due to the winds, waves and other external forces using electric thrusters. Vice versa, position and heading errors can be allowed in order to implement energy storage in the kinetic and potential energy of the ship motion using the DP control system to convert between mechanical and electrical power. New simple formulas are derived in order to relate the dynamic energy storage capacity to the maximum allowed ship position deviation, as a function of the frequency of the requested dynamic energy storage. The benefits of DP dynamic energy storage are found to be reduced diesel-generator maintenance need, reduced fuel consumption and emissions, reduced risk for blackout, and increased operational flexibility allowing power-consuming operations such as drilling and lifting to be safely prioritized over DP for short periods of time.