PBES PBES batteries for Finland’s first newbuild electric ferry

'Elektra' is Finland's first purpose built battery powered ferry 'Elektra' is Finland's first purpose built battery powered ferry

Lithium-ion battery specialist PBES is to supply Finland’s first purpose built electric ferry.

The 1MWh battery will be installed on Elektra which was launched back in June 2017.

“PBES energy storage provides Elektra with clean, quiet, fossil free power,” said Grant Brown, vice president marketing, at PBES.

“Due to patented CellCool technology the battery may be recharged in five minutes and at end of life it may be refurbished and upgraded to reduce electronic waste using PBES CellSwap.”

Finnish ferry

Elektra has an overall length of 98m, beam of 15m and draft of 3.55m, with five lanes to accommodate up to 90 cars. The vessel travels its 1.6 km route across the Finnish archipelago year-round.

Due to heavy ice conditions in the winter months, it carries auxiliary power generation equipment to augment the battery when needed.

During 2017, PBES installed more than 15MWh of energy storage to marine markets around the world, making it the leader in delivered product in the industry.

The PBES energy storage system has been engineered to the highest standards of performance and safety and is designed to seamlessly integrate with the electrical infrastructure on the vessel.

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