GE To Develop Hybrid Tugboats
General Electric and the C-MAR Group recently announced plans to work together on the development of hybrid engine technologies for tugboats, in an effort to offer lower costs for customers and while lowering carbon emissions. The tugboat platform builds on current hybrid technology projects for locomotives, city buses and off-highway vehicles. These hybrid technologies are all part of GE’s ecomagination initiative. Ecomagination represents the company’s commitment to develop new environmentally friendly technologies and products to solve our toughest environmental challenges.
Ron Murray, President of C-MAR America Inc., Houston, Texas, recently stated that “The C-MAR Group is firmly positioned as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic companies in the marine service industry and as such is delighted to be associated with GE in developing new hybrid solutions for offshore propulsion systems. Our hybrid tug exemplifies the newest technologies available in marine power systems and tugboat design as well as making a positive contribution to saving energy and reducing emissions”
Emerging hybrid technologies from GE include:
- Evolution(R) Hybrid locomotive, available in 2009.
- Hybrid tugboat in cooperation with the C-MAR Group.
- Hybrid off highway vehicle demonstration, in partnership with the U.S. DOE.
- Zero emissions hybrid fuel cell transit bus in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration.