Marine Performance Systems introduces Fluidical:

Fluidic Air Lubrication

introducing fluidical

Our advanced Fluidic Air Lubrication solution, FluidicAL, offers Shipowners speed flexibility and the ability to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and fuel costs by net 8-12% with a 2-3 years’ payback period.

Ecologic and business logic!



FluidicAL is patented worldwide, and is aligned with EU's Green Deal and to support three UN sustainable development goals: SDG#9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; SDG#14 - Life below water, and; SDG#15 - Life above water.

FluidicAL was awarded the EU Seal of Excellence in 2019 and received in 2020 the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label.

How FluidicAL works?

FludicAL creates and maintains underneath an Aframax tanker an air layer of 80 million micro air bubbles, covering the largest area of any solution in existence.

FluidicAL works on the principle of creating and maintaining an air layer underneath the ship’s hull to reduce the friction, when sailing, between the ship’s hull and surrounding water.

The air layer is created by introducing millions of micro air bubbles directly into the boundary layer, reducing the drag by 50-70%.

FluidicAL uses the patented combination of Fluidic oscillators, integrated into wing-shaped bands, to generate up to 240,000 micro air bubbles per second per running meter, or approx 80 million air bubbles per second underneath an Aframax tanker.

FluidicAL consists of standard components that can be installed at any shipyard worldwide in days, but its performance is uniquely optimised to the ship’s operation profile. The installation does not interfere with the ship’s water integrity, requires no re-certification of the vessel, and is managed from the bridge: fully automated or in manual mode.

Benefits

Profitable and sustainable

  • Yearly fuel savings of 10-20%, net 8-12%
  • 3 times less emissions (CO2, NOx, SOx)
  • Significant reduction of fouling
  • Payback period less than 3 years
  • Expected lifecycle of three dry-dockings (approx. 15 years)

Turnkey solution

  • Turnkey solution, ensuring integration
  • Controlled by artificial intelligence
  • Proven, award-winning technology
  • Minimal structural modifications to the hull
  • Built with standard components only: no recertification required
  • Integrates with onboard systems
  • Does not interfere with other systems

Installation worldwide

  • Installed at shipyards worldwide
  • Retrofittable to existing ships
  • Installation within typical dry-docking period
  • Upgradable in-between dry-docking and can be serviced at port

Why Air Lubrication?

The current generation of ships is far more efficient than past generations. This is good and it will help the industry evolve towards Green Shipping. But to meet global emission reduction goals, the current fleet needs to evolve as well. Because 91,000 vessels cannot be replaced overnight.
As you know, fuel costs represent as much as 50-60% of total ship operating costs. To be compliant, many ship owners opt for the high grade fuel, which increases operating costs.

How can greener shipping be achieved?

The problem of complexity
This is a complex problem. To become compliant, existing ships will have to be retrofitted. New technology needs to be developed and integrated into the existing onboard infrastructure. But future developments in technology, regulation, fuel price and industry are uncertain.
Which technology to choose?

Solving the dilemma
The only profitable way out of the dilemma is to significantly reduce fuel consumption. Reduction of the friction of the ship is the area where the highest efficiency can be gained. A ship’s resistance when moving through the water is made up of multiple components, where frictional resistance is the most dominant. When injecting air into the turbulent boundary layer, frictional resistance of the hull reduces. Simultaneously, the living conditions of microorganisms changes, reducing the build-up of fouling. Both will result in much less fuel consumption, much less emissions, and much less operating costs.

Fluidic Air Lubrication vs existing solutions

Our solution is a significant improvement over current air lubrication technology.

Firstly, MPS Fluidic Air Lubrication is far more energy efficient (up to 50%), by injecting the air bubbles directly into the boundary layer. Only 1-2 compressors are required, versus up to 8 in current systems. In the opinion of marine experts, Air Lubrication is currently the single most efficient technology that can deliver the highest potential savings and environmental benefit with the least amount of modifications. And FluidicAL can deliver on that potential.

Excellent stability
Secondly, existing systems inject air through multiple slots, orifices or ‘chests’. This often leads to a very uneven distribution of the air, which reduces the Air Lubrication effect and leads to air losses. These designs are inherently unstable and difficult to control, when the ship rolls or ‘drifts’. MPS Fluidic Air Lubrication is designed for high stability during operation.

FluidicAL

Current AL

INJECTION DIRECTLY INTO THE BOUNDARY LAYER

injection through multiple orifices

UP TO 50% MORE ENERGY EFFICIËNT

uneven distribution reduces overall effect

1-2 COMPRESSORS PER SHIP

4-8 compressors per ship

Designed for HIGH STABILITY

difficult to control when the ship rolls or ‘drifts’

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Our commitment

We committed ourselves to six guiding criteria while developing The MPS Fluidic Air Lubrication System:

  • Air lubrication technology should be a central part of the solution as reducing the drag of the ship will have a big impact on fuel consumption and emissions.
  • The solution should be future proof and flexible in response to the transition of the industry and the rapid technology development of green technologies and fuel types.
  • We will apply smart technology, enabling proprietary data collection and big data analysis to the benefit of the shipowner.
  • The installation should be feasible within the timeframe of a typical dry-docking period, only require minimum structural modifications, and be done by a shipyard of the choice of the shipowner.
  • The environmental footprint of the solution should be kept to a minimum. Therefore we will use recyclable materials when possible.
  • The business case should represent a payback period of less than three years to enable shipowners to optimize a larger share of their existing fleet.