Keeping our waterways clean is important to our health and survival. BAE Systems is helping to provide sustainable transport with our HybriGen power and propulsion solution. HybriGen power and propulsion uses proven technology developed for the rugged transit duty cycle and brings it to the water. With nearly 10,000 transit buses operating across the globe using BAE Systems’ hybrid technology, we proud to bring this proven technology to vessels to reap the benefits of fuel savings and: quiet, clean travel.
In October of 2014, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Conn. launched the R/V Spirit of the Sound using BAE Systems’ technology. The system boasts quiet travel, providing marine student passengers with a positive learning experience. Not only is quiet travel conducive to learning, the cleaner, quieter travel supports marine life by minimizing the disruption of the waters with excess fuel and noise.
In 2017, the City University of New York (CUNY),in collaboration with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI@JB)contracted with Derecktor Shipyards to build a hybrid-electric ferry using BAE Systems’ proven technology. The CUNY1 has now been delivered and is used for research and educational purposes. Instructors and students will benefit from the silent operation of the hybrid system while highly-sensitive research is conducted. Researchers will be focused on environmentally responsible operation with minimal impact on the local waters. This goal will be accomplished in part by limiting use of sea water for cooling equipment and instead use keel coolers to minimize the waste-water discharge from the vessel. This, in addition to the reduced emissions of BAE Systems’ hybrid system, creates one of the most forward thinking and environmentally friendly vessels in operation today.