Targeted Advanced Research for Global Efficiency of Transportation Shipping (TARGETS)
- Project Dates: December 2010 - December 2013
- Project Leader: Professor Mehmet Atlar
- Staff: Dr Kwang-Cheol Seo, Mr George Politis
- Sponsors: European Commission under the Seventh Framework
- Partners: Hamburgische Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt – HSVA, Germany; Newcastle University – UNEW, UK; Strathclyde University – USG, UK; A. P. Møller - Maersk Maersk, Denmark; Alpha Marine Services Ltd
The TARGETS project has been created in response to the global task to increase energy efficiency which led to the formulation of Topic SST 2010 – 1.1.2 – Energy Efficiency of Ships.
The project sets out to improve energy efficiency of cargo ship operation as a whole, addressing all relevant aspects of energy consumption, their causes and operational procedures. In TARGETS, a holistic approach to optimising the on-board energy consumption of cargo ships is sought. A previously performed careful analysis or energy consumption has identified the main contributors to energy consumption as well as their potential savings. The analysis covered both, design as well as operational aspects affecting energy efficiency. Focussing on cargo ships, the most promising candidates for improvements have been being identified and are addressed in the work programme crafted for the project.
Based on these considerations, the overall objectives of TARGETS are:
- Improving the overall energy efficiency of cargo ship operation and thus contributing to truly eco efficient maritime operations in terms of reduced energy consumption and emissions.
- The assessment and development of tools, methods and technologies to improve the energy efficiency of ships during both, Design & Operation.
- Addressing the most important influences, TARGETS concentrates on main areas such as resistance, propulsive efficiency, use of alternative energy sources, on board power management and tools for optimising energy consumption.
- Achieving a step change in energy efficiency of cargo ship operation through a holistic combination of the most promising measures
Focussing on realistic cases and applications TARGETS will achieve significant advances over a short period of time.