Application of solar panel array on a short route ferry : a life cycle and economic assessment

Wang, Haibin and Oguz, Elif and Jeong, Byongug and Zhou, Peilin (2018) Application of solar panel array on a short route ferry : a life cycle and economic assessment. In: Coastal, Offshore & Ocean Engineering Conference 2018, 2018-10-25 - 2018-10-26.

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    Abstract

    Green technologies are considered to be one of the most significant way to mitigate the severe global warming effect and have been drawing attentions from researchers all over the world. Solar energy is a type of renewable energy and solar panel array can capture and convert solar energy to electricity for domestic and industry uses. This paper considers the application of solar panel array to propulsion system of a short route ferry operating in the Marmara Sea where currently no environment protection policy is active to guide marine activities. The evaluation of the application is carried out using life cycle assessment from the aspect of cost effective and environment friendly. To take the payback time of the system into account, this study investigate the difference due to different average daily sunny hours in the operating area considering three levels of carbon credits. The results indicates both average daily sunny hours and carbon credits have an impact on the payback time. With the highest average daily sunny hours and carbon credits, the payback time of the application is only 2 years.