Electric and hybrid ferries’ point-to-point operating patterns make them ideal for electrification. The market’s current strong growth is highlighted by the announcement this week of two more projects getting underway.
Energy Observer, a vessel that uses fuel cell propulsion while also processing its own hydrogen on board via solar power, recently completed its first transatlantic passage.
A new electric guard vessel for offshore installations is under design by a consortium led by LISA, a community of maritime professionals, and incorporating input from suppliers such as C-Job Naval Architects and eL-Tec Elektrotechniek.
German/US startup Voltaire Electric Yachts has launched its 33 Sky model, a sub-10m vessel with a displacement of 4.7 tons, as pure electric and hybrid power continues to prove a growth area in the yacht industry.
Today, the first of four battery-powered hybrid electric passenger-car ferries for the Norwegian shipowner Norled sailed from the Remontowa Shipbuilding SA into sea trials.
Hydrogen fuel cells have the potential to provide emission-free power for marine vessels without the need for backup generators or shore charging facilities and have been deployed in a number of applications since the turn of the century. Now, Japanese firm Yanmar Power Technology Co, has announced it is developing a fuel cell propulsion system for boats, based on Toyota’s automotive technology.
Rapid advances in battery technology are changing the marine industry, but can electric propulsion systems be commercially viable for large vessel types and transoceanic routes?
German marine propulsion systems manufacturer Schottel’s EcoPeller rudderpropeller will be installed in a vessel retrofit project for the first time.
Start R+D+I business, under the EU funded coaching service - Number of enterprises supported: 10 from Zachodniopomorskie Region. - The number of companies that can establish cooperation within the framework of the coaching service: 300 (Poland, abroad). - Form of service: personal (appointments in the office of the cluster/at the entrepreneur/ online).
The ELMAR project organises a study trip to Stockholm for public actors and small and medium companies who are interested in marine e-mobility with special focus on electric pax ships for urban (public) transport.