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Hybrid Green Vessel Design

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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ECCD Technical Session 5: Energy and Wind and Design

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Joseph C. Rodriguez United States Coast Guard Academy

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Scott C. Pierce United States Coast Guard Academy

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Brennen McCulloch


George McBurney United States Coast Guard Academy

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Mechanical engineer at the United States Coast Guard Academy

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Tooran Emami Ph. D. United States Coast Guard Academy

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Tooran Emami is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. She received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Dr. Emami was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Wichita State University for three semesters. Her research interests are Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controllers, robust control, time delay, compensator design, and filter design applications, for continuous-time and discrete-time systems.

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This paper presents the milestones of a Hybrid Green Vessel Design capstone project. The motivation of this project is to develop knowledge and skills in green energy applications, hybrid vessels, and power management systems. To accomplish this, undergraduate students are researching and designing a hybrid power plant for a green vessel that utilizes a variable electric trolling motor.

The team of four undergraduates working on this project include three Electrical Engineering students and one Mechanical Engineering student. The project objective is to learn about hybrid green vessel design and operation. The design process includes: 1) Literature review of hydrogen fuel cells and its applications in the maritime domain. 2) Designing a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell and battery power system. 3) Modeling the power system in computer simulation to test and verify the design. 4) Implementing the design to physically build a 100 W fuel cell system to validate the simulation.

Rodriguez, J. C., & Pierce, S. C., & McCulloch, B., & McBurney, G., & Emami, T. (2020, June), Hybrid Green Vessel Design Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34740

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