tampa Bay, FL—September 25, 2018—The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced on Thursday that it will approve the installation of an engine on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in order to provide fuel and electrical power to its diesel-electric hybrid (EV) engine.
The decision is part of the FERC’s decision to approve the ship’s “Diesel Electric Hybrid” (DEM) electric propulsion system for use by the Navy’s new Naval Strike Destroyer (NSD-5) in 2019.
The Navy plans to convert the USS Lincoln to use the FEC’s DEM engine by 2021.
The FERC is expected to approve its decision at its next meeting on December 16.
The engine will provide the ship with 100% electric propulsion with diesel, and the FDC will provide up to $3 million in funding for the project.
FERC approved the project in March 2018 and was scheduled to issue its final approval on December 22, 2018.
The Lincoln is scheduled to depart for Norfolk Naval Shipyard in October 2019.
“The FERC has committed to a long-term, secure, and dependable nuclear fleet for decades to come,” said FERC Chairman Greg Walden.
“I thank the Federal Energy Administration for this critical opportunity to advance FERC goals, as we move forward with our ambitious energy infrastructure modernization plan.
The commission’s decision is an important milestone in our plan to modernize our nuclear fleet, and I am grateful to FERC and the Navy for their continued support.”
The Lincoln’s diesel electric propulsion unit is based on a design by Eero Saarinen, who has designed a number of Navy ships, including the USS Hornet and the USS Enterprise.
He is a member of the Institute for Energy Storage and Renewable Energy (IESR), which has provided technical assistance for FERC.
In a letter to the FRC, Saarin-Sakacs wrote that “I have designed a modular design of the propulsion system that is based around an advanced technology and manufacturing process.
This enables us to produce high-performance, affordable, and safe propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy.
The technology is designed to be energy efficient and to minimize emissions of CO 2 and other hazardous emissions.”
Saarin Saksen also stated that “the engine design and production process will provide an inexpensive, reliable, and environmentally friendly alternative to diesel fuel.”
The FEC has authorized the Navy to install up to 16 diesel-powered electric motors on the Lincoln, and a second eight-speed diesel motor will be installed on the submarine’s first diesel engine, according to the commission.
In addition, the FEDC approved a request by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NSWC) for up to three of the eight-propulsion diesel engines to be installed aboard the USS Independence (DDG-1000) during the Independence’s first deployment in 2019, according the FECA.
The USS Independence’s diesel engine has a maximum power output of 4,500 kilowatts, which translates into a maximum speed of 17 knots, according NSWC.
The Independence’s three diesel engines are being installed aboard USS Independence during its first deployment as part of a Navy-wide deployment of four diesel electric engines for the Navy-owned ship.
A diesel electric engine can produce up to 100,000 horsepower and can operate for up a month.
A four-propension engine can operate at more than 300,000 horses, according Navy.org.
In January 2017, the Navy announced that it would install eight diesel electric power systems on the Independence during the Navy and Marine Corps (Navy) deployment of the ship.
During the Navy deployments, it will also install eight electric propulsion systems on USS Independence as part a Navy program to “modernize and upgrade the ship and shipboard systems, including its nuclear propulsion, propulsion system, and systems.”
The Navy and the United States Navy Academy have been working on the modernization of the Independence, which began in 2021 and will end in 2022.
The ship has an overall length of 23.1 meters (96.5 feet), and the full-length of the warship is 24.9 meters (104.7 feet), according to USN&AA.
In 2018, the US Navy’s Strategic Command ordered the Independence to convert to the new FEC-based diesel electric system in 2021.
This conversion is expected in 2019 and will be completed in 2020, according SSC.
The diesel electric conversion is required to allow for the delivery of the Navy fleet of new Trident submarines to the shipyard by 2021, the SSC said.
As part of that modernization, the ship will also be fitted with a new generation of electrical power generation technology, the Pentagon said in a statement.
The Trident-class submarine has an initial operational capability of 1,200 nuclear-powered ballistic missiles (NPCs) and up to 70,000 Trident-launched cruise missiles (TLMs).