Ferry electrification powers ahead
ABB’s project to convert two HH Ferries’ vessels into the world’s largest emission-free ferries is gathering pace after Öresund Dry Docks was selected to carry out the work.
M/F Tycho Brahe and M/F Aurora will both be fitted with 4.16 MW of batteries and the dry-docking of the first vessel, Tycho Brahe, will begin in April. Aurora will undergo the same process in October 2017.
Henrik Rørbæk, CEO of HH Ferries AB, said: “Our conversion of the Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries to battery operation is an essential part of our environmental strategy to reduce emissions and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations on Öresund. We are proud of the initiative, which is the largest single project investment in the company’s history.”
This highly innovative project also includes the installation of four fully automated shore-side charging arms and these are currently under construction in ABB´s factories. Civil work will be completed at the quayside in Helsingör and Helsingborg at the beginning of 2017.
ABB´s scope for delivery includes batteries, an energy storage control system and onboard DC Grid technology. At both ends of the route ABB will supply the first automated shore-side charging stations using an ABB industrial robot to optimise the connection time and maximise the charging period.
The two ferries will operate completely on battery power between Helsingør (Denmark) and Helsingborg (Sweden), a distance of approximately 4km carrying more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually. The new battery solution will help lower total emissions across the fleet by more than 50% from the current diesel operated vessels.
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