SITIS Archives - Topic Details
Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  N07-060 (Navy)
Title:  Shipboard Energy Conservation and Fuel Management Decision Tools
Research & Technical Areas:  Information Systems, Ground/Sea Vehicles

Acquisition Program:  NAVSEA 05Z, Mr. Mark McLean - CBM NAVSEA Technical Warrant Holder
  Objective:  Demonstrate an approach that will provide a quantitative energy conservation and fuel management analysis and decision tool for the purposes of optimizing a ship’s operating profile.
  Description:  As the Navy experiences an escalation in fuel prices (Since September FY 04 the Navy fuel price increased 203% from $35.28 to $106 per barrel), the need to develop and integrate energy conservation analysis tools and fuel management capabilities is of critical importance to ensuring mission readiness and effectiveness. Currently, ships perform rudimentary fuel consumption calculations by manually collecting information and generating their own fuel curves. This is a time and resource intensive process that requires specially trained ship’s force to be able to collect the necessary data while the ship operates at different speeds, analyze it and create fuel curves. This method does clearly articulate or anticipate impacting operational variables such as load displacement, engine condition, sea-state, weather, etc. This topic seeks the development of an automated approach to quantitatively collect, analyze, and present data to enable existing and future ship’s force to employ energy conservation and fuel management solutions thereby optimizing a ship’s operational profile based on dynamic, real-time, ship-specific variables. The proposed tool shall be able to interface with the Integrated Condition Assessment System (ICAS) for the purposes of obtaining machinery system performance data. As the tool progress in development, other ship sensors might be identified that could provide ship performance and weather data. For this reason, the approach proposed should employ the use of open architecture principles as practicable.

  PHASE I: Demonstrate the feasibility of an approach for an automated energy conservation and fuel management tool for shipboard use. Establish validation goals and metrics to analyze the feasibility of the proposed solution(s). Provide a Phase II development approach and schedule that contains discrete milestones for product development.
  PHASE II: Finalize the design approach and fabricate a prototype system based on the results in Phase I. In a laboratory environment, use representative inputs/data to demonstrate the viability of the prototype product. Develop testing procedures to measure the effectiveness of the tool. Provide a detailed plan for software certification, validation, and method of implementation into a future ship support environment, as applicable.

  PHASE III: Expanding the concept developed in Phase I and II, work with Navy and industry to certify and implement this technology on a future surface combatant system. Coordinate and plan the selected automated energy conservation and fuel management solution rollout with ship availabilities. PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/

  DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: This technology approach would have application with Commercial Marine Fleet owners where existing instrumentation can be augmented to provide data for on-board analysis of energy conservation performance and input for fuel management tools.

  References:  1. Opportunity Analysis for Collaborative-Energy Conservation (C-ENCON)/Fuel Status Board (FSB), Prepared by: DON eBusiness Operations Office And Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM), Dated: 14 February 2005, http://www.don-ebusiness.navsup.navy.mil 2. NAVSEA ENERGY GUIDE (http://www. i-encon.com) 3. ICAS Web site: https://icas.navsses.navy.mil/ (accessible without username/password)

Keywords:  ENCON; ICAS; Fuel Curves; Automation; Conservation; Fuel Consumption

Questions and Answers:
Q: It appears that fuel gauges, wind instrumentation, ships heading, and other needed instrumentation is not integrated into the current ICAS systems. According to the above statement on the proposal, these would all have to be taken into account. Is there a way to get a copy of the current rudimentary fuel consumption calculations to make sure all sensors are taken into consideration?
A: We cannot provide the rudimentary fuel calculations at this time; however, all of the instrumentation should be available via ICAS. It may just be adding those channels in ICAS from the FODMS system on DDG's. Thus the channels are available, just not presently logged in ICAS.
Q: It appears that fuel gauges, wind instrumentation, ships heading, and other needed instrumentation is not integrated into the current ICAS systems. According to the above statement on the proposal, these would all have to be taken into account. Is there a way to get a copy of the current rudimentary fuel consumption calculations to make sure all sensors are taken into consideration?
A: We cannot provide the rudimentary fuel calculations at this time; however, all of the instrumentation should be available via ICAS. It may just be adding those channels in ICAS from the FODMS system on DDG's. Thus the channels are available, just not presently logged in ICAS.

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