From the Guest Editors:
The idea of marine transportation electrification is 136 years old, but internal combustion engines have been ruling the markets so far due to bottlenecks associated with motor, converter, and battery technologies. In recent times, the advancement in communication, power electronic, and electrical energy storage technologies played a key role in the commercial success of battery-operated road transportation systems; which opens a doorway to the limitless research possibilities towards the electrification of marine vessels.
This special issue of the IEEE TEC Newsletter assembles three informative articles emphasizing on the digitization of marine transport, onboard DC grid, and short endurance vessel design. These articles also cover the evolution of electric marine propulsion, various technical risks associated with power systems in submarines, and the application of artificial intelligence and big data in maritime research. The anticipated key takeaways are the essence of ideology, and motivation to engage with the novel and implementable research in the field of marine transportation electrification for a zero-carbon future.
Thanga Raj Chelliah
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Cheng Siong Chin
Rolls-Royce Electrical – Singapore
Danfoss Drives A/S, Denmark
Aalborg University, Denmark
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