NAME-NTUA: The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the oldest and largest Technical University in Greece, and shows a distinguished record of achievements, going back to its foundation in 1836. The School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), the only University Department in Greece in the field, is one of the biggest Departments in Europe, and is actively involved in several fields of basic and applied research in Marine, Naval and Ocean Engineering. NAME-NTUA has been providing for long the human resources for the Greek maritime industry, which in turn is leading worldwide. NAME-NTUA comprises 26 faculty members, 70 PhD students and 30 research staff members. NAME-NTUA, with its four Divisions and seven established Laboratories, has the best research funding record among the nine Schools of the National Technical University of Athens. NAME-NTUA has extensive experience and proven record in participating in and managing EU-funded projects. It has a long record in experimental and computational research on ship propulsion systems, as well as on all major aspects of ship design, maritime transportation, environment, security and safety.
Converteam: Converteam is a world leader in electric power, propulsion and vessel automation systems, offering a large range of services. It has a continuous investment in Research and Development. Converteam is a supplier of total system solutions, with the capability to offer a full range of drive and automation packages, including interfacing and integration with mechanical systems. Converteam’s engineering and automation products cover the requirements of complete power generation, distribution and propulsion systems, including AC/DC digital motor drive technology, and control and automation systems. More than 350 ships have been fitted with Converteam’s electric propulsion systems, in particular cruise ships, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, chemical tankers, research vessels, cable ships, Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs), offshore and naval vessels.
ETH-Zurich: ETH-Zurich is the principal technological University of Switzerland, and a leading research Institution worldwide. About 370 professors in 16 departments teach engineering sciences and architecture, system-oriented sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Two distinguished research groups, active in the fields of energy conversion and control technologies, will participate in MARINELIVE:
The Automatic Control Laboratory, headed by Prof. L. Guzzella, belongs to the Measurement and Control Institute (IMRT) of the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT). The Laboratory’s research activities exploit novel approaches in system dynamics and control, for energy conversion systems. The main focus of this research is control-oriented systems modelling, dynamic optimization, and feedback control design methods. Particular emphasis is placed on the minimization of fuel consumption and pollutant emissions of land vehicle propulsion systems. A primary goal of the lab’s activities is to bridge the gap between system theory and engineering.
The Laboratory of Aerothermochemistry and Combustion Systems (LAV), headed by Prof. K. Boulouchos, is part of the Institute of Energy Technology (IET), which belongs to the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT). LAV performs fundamental and applied research in chemically reactive systems and their applications in propulsion systems and environmental technology.
University College London (UCL): UCL is a leading international research and education Institution, constantly ranked in the top 5 in the UK and the top 30 in the world. More than 4,000 academic and research staff in 72 departments are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards. UCL has the highest number of professors of any University in the UK, with more than 600 established and personal chairs, as well as the highest number of female professors. The Marine Research Group (MRG) is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In the recent national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 90% of the staff within the Department was identified as having research quality that is recognized internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The MRG focuses on design-orientated research on fast ship forms and on new means of electric propulsion, on the design of large complex products with a whole system and concurrent engineering focus, and on low carbon shipping.
DCNS: The DCNS Group is one of Europe’s leading players in the world market in All Electric Ship systems. The company’s activities include Propulsion systems, Automation and Control, Ship Electric Grid alternative configurations and associated protection systems. DCNS provides solutions in terms of comprehensive and integrated systems, acting as prime contractor for shipbuilding, integration and support, from design to dismantling. DCNS is also active in the area of renewable marine energy, offering operators a range of reliable technological solutions and services.
Wärtsilä: Wärtsilä is a world leading provider of ship power solutions, including engines, generating sets, reduction gears, propulsion equipment, automation and power distribution systems, as well as sealing solutions for the marine industry. The most important areas of R&D for Wärtsilä in recent years have included the application of common-rail technology to its engines, thus reducing emissions, improving efficiency, and broadening the range of suitable fuels. Major recent R&D programmes have included the HERCULES I.P., the Advanced Diesel Generating Set (GENSET) project, and the development of fuel cells. Wärtsilä co-operates with a number of leading European Universities, conducting research into propulsion technologies.
ValMarine: ValMarine is a prime contractor in secure, high-data-rate communication systems, logistics and other support services, and has the broadest base of specialized products in the industry. ValMarine technologies connect a variety of airborne, space, ground and sea-based communication systems, and provide transmission, processing, recording and dissemination functionalities. The company also provides maritime automation, navigation, control and communications, power distribution and conditioning, sensors and simulation, and services to commercial and industrial customers worldwide. From bridge to propeller, ValMarine combines state-of-the-art solutions in maritime products, services and integrated systems into seamless cost-effective solutions for commercial and offshore markets.
IFP: The Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) is a world-class public-sector research and training center, aiming at developing the technologies and materials of the future in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. It provides innovative solutions for a smooth transition to the energies and materials of tomorrow – more efficient, more economical, cleaner and sustainable. Representing over 50 professions, from geological engineers to powertrain engineers, IFP’s 1,720 staff, based in Rueil-Malmaison (in the suburbs of Paris) and Lyon, form a unique body of specialists and an unparalleled network of expertise. Fostering progress, IFP encourages the transition from invention to innovation, from patent to product and from research to industry. Since its inception, IFP has therefore been a major driving force for industrial development, with more than 13,500 patents to its credit. From the outset, IFP has been committed to seeing the outcome of its research exploited by industry. This has prompted it to support the creation of some thirty companies, which have themselves become significant employers and exporters. A core component of the policy of technology transfer, these businesses span all the research fields in which IFP is active: from oil research, consultancy and engineering to the supply of products, equipment and services, together with new energy technologies.
EXA Corporation: Exa Corporation develops, markets, and supports simulation software for the fluids engineering marketplace along with a full suite of engineering consulting services. Exa’s products and services enable engineers to create competitive designs, while shortening product design cycles and improving time-to-market. Exa offers products and services that fundamentally improve and enhance engineering design processes. Exa’s products and services are the dominant solution in the ground transportation market including: automotive, heavy vehicle, agricultural equipment and off-highway, motorsports, motorcycle, recreational equipment, trains and supplier networks. Major applications include: aerodynamics, heat transfer, and aeroacoustics, along with a comprehensive set of products to support the creation of geometric models and results management process. Beyond ground transportation, Exa’s products are utilized in the aerospace, HVAC, AEC, power generation, biomedical and electronics markets. Exa currently employs a highly-educated team of over 200 people that is culturally diverse, with branches in the France, Germany, Italy, UK, United States, Japan, Korea and worldwide distributors.