On future electric warships it is likely that the combat system, which may comprise of high power pulsed electromagnetic weapons, will surpass the propulsion system in having the dominant effect on power quality. Accepting of this, this paper presents the results of research conducted into the impact of future pulse loads on electric warship power systems. It was concluded that in order to fully exploit the potential of high energy weapons while maintaining power quality to mission critical loads, future electric warship power systems may require hybrid energy storage systems to support the ship’s power system during pulse loading.

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