Maritime noxious emissions and their negative effect on the environment and ecosystem health, coupled with volatile fuel oil prices, has increase the relevance for creating and understanding energy efficient technologies on board vessels. A holistic view is required to quantify the true effect of technologies as well as their knock down effect on the ship systems. Also of high relevance for the ship efficiency is its own energy cycle: demand, production, supply, consumption and waste. My research is focused in modelling the contemporary and future energy efficiency technologies for its use on board commercial ships, as well as understanding the energy flow on board. Particular interest is given into waste energy recovery technologies – such as organic Rankine cycle and turbocompound systems – under realistic operating conditions.
Dr Santiago Suarez de la Fuente is trained as a Mechanical Engineer. He has worked in the metal-mechanical industry as well as for the electrical transformer industry (six years). He won the Stanley Gray Fellowship from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for his study on marine waste heat recovery systems (WHRS).
As a researcher, he focused on improving heat management inside ships. His main area of interest during his PhD was the use of alternative WHRS on board ships with the purpose of reducing fuel consumption. Nowadays he leads work on developing different marine engineering technologies, propulsion systems and energy flows for a software solution – Whole Ship Model – which offers a unique holistic approach to energy efficient ship.