The ferry company Scandlines has ordered a 10 MWh battery system from Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché for its planned hybrid cargo ferry PR24. Delivery is scheduled from January 2023. The ship is to connect ports in Germany and Denmark from 2024.
The batteries are a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system from Leclanché, which has a maximum voltage of 864 volts. Leclanché says the system is modular and scalable and uses 48 battery strings distributed across eight control cabinets. Leclanché provides a ten-year warranty for the system.
PR24 is a project launched by Scandlines in November last year. The ferry will connect the ferry port of Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn with the port of Rødby on the island of Lolland in Denmark, which is a distance of 18.5 km. The ferry can be operated purely electrically or in diesel-electric hybrid mode which means that the vessel will have the capability to operate in fully electrical mode relying on plug-in battery power at 10 knots or plug-in hybrid mode at 16 knots.
The ship was designed by the Norwegian company LMG Marin AS and is being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey. The PR24 will be 147.4 metres long, 25.4 metres wide and 5.3 metres deep. Leclanché says that the cargo capacity will be 66 cargo units. It will have room for a maximum of 140 passengers. As a hybrid ferry, the crossing time between the two ports will be 45 minutes. In purely electric mode, the crossing time will be 70 minutes.
“Our team was highly impressed with Leclanché’s technology and real-life maritime industry experience,” said Christian Thiemer, Technical Superintendent, Scandlines. “Some of the critical factors impacting our selection included Leclanché’s liquid-cooled battery architecture and well as the energy density of its cells. Together, in collaboration with our PR24 team of experienced providers, we are confident that our freight ferry will set the standard for powerful, sustainable and safe marine technology.”
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