Maritime Microgrids Laboratory

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The Microgrid Laboratory intends to study energy-efficient alternatives for the next-generation all-electric ship power systems by integrating microgrid technologies and to demonstrate cost-effective and emission-aware solutions for ports and maritime areas.


The Microgrid Laboratory is located in the building Pontoppidanstræde 109 of the Department of Energy Technology in Aalborg University. It has a modular structure manufactured and installed by ABC-Pavilloner. The structure is equipped with power grid simulators, flywheels, bidirectional power electronics converters, electronic loads, multiterminal medium voltage connection and real-time control and monitoring platforms running with different industrial communication protocols.

Maritime Microgrid Laboratory

Maritime Microgrid Laboratory

Special equipment

The Microgrid Laboratory is expected to be equipped with real-time simulators to study and analysis the large-scale electrical network onboard marine vessels. In addition to that, more powerful power grid simulator and converters are expected to be installed.

Features & services

The proposed Microgrid Laboratory  will contribute to the improvement of maritime activities focused on following two aspects:

Research goals: All-electric ships and next-generation ports with shore-side power supply systems have been recognized as the main trend of future maritime and its related industries. Since these activities are in their early stages, a lot of work need to be done in terms of proof of concept, standardization, and demonstration. Meanwhile, the potential impacts of emerging technologies on system performance need to be evaluated and exploited. Additionally, there exist several challenges in planning and operation of facilities aboard/in-port which needs to be addressed suitably. These challenges mainly include but not limited to: engineering challenges in terms of standardized equipment and procedures and their integration into the conventional systems, economic analysis of challenges with regards to different capital investment and operational cost factors (such as energy costs, labor costs, routine maintenance costs, ship retrofits, etc.), and operating challenges in terms of device-level and system-level monitoring, control, protection, and management.

Socio-economic goals: By integrating microgrid technologies into maritime systems and port areas, it is expected not only to reduce environmental footprint and to increase health benefits sourcing from pollution and noise reduction, but also to increase the competitiveness of related industries in the growing markets. Moreover, advance R&D activities in maritime area will help to expand and improve the electric power infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services in maritime systems and port areas especially in the Nordic region and enhance international cooperation to support clean act policies through investment in energy-efficient infrastructures and clean energy technologies.

Maersk Marine Vessel

Read more about the Maritime Microgrids Research Programme.


Sponsors: Kamstrup, Det Obelske Familiefond, Danfoss, W, Maersk Drilling, Gdynia Maritime University


Pontoppidanstræde 109, Room 1.117, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg East, Denmark
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