MVDC Large Ship is a research project aimed at analyzing the implementation of a medium voltage DC integrated power system for large electrically propelled ships.
The aim of the study is to lay the technical/scientific foundations for the evaluation, definition and design of a medium voltage DC integrated power system.
Three main subsystems were studied during the project, i.e. generation, distribution and utilization.
With regard to the medium voltage direct current, each subsystem was investigated starting from an in-depth analysis of the state of the art.
An integration of these different subsystems was then performed, considering a hypothetical cruise liner case study.
This activity highlighted the advantages and drawbacks. In particular, the introduction of direct current has the following “pros”:
The MVDC Large Ship project also highlighted interesting results related to:
The MVDC power system is a new application, and therefore the components necessary for the realization of an integrated power are not always available. From a technological point of view, remarkable advances have been made, but the research and development of new solutions must continue.
The research activity in Friuli Venezia Giulia (a region with a high percentage of researchers) has helped to improve local naval expertise, as new collaborations have been established between research institutions and companies. It has thus created new jobs for young talents in a strategic field for the future of naval transportation.
MVDC Large Ship – Sistema elettrico integrato con distribuzione in media tensione a corrente continua per grandi navi a propulsione elettrica, è un progetto cofinanziato dal POR FESR 2007-2013 Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Asse 1, Attività 1.1b.