First ship fitted with ZES battery containers hits the water
The Dutch company Zero Emission Services (ZES) has launched the first vessel bearing its exchangeable battery containers, so-called ZES packs, onboard, effectively turning the ship into an electric boat. The Alphenaar now operates between Alphen aan den Rijn and Moerdijk on behalf of the Heineken brewery.
UK: Pivot Power & Wärtsilä install new Energy Superhubs
UK-based Pivot Power has announced a deal with technology company Wärtsilä to deliver two new grid-scale battery storage facilities in the West Midlands. The so-called Energy Superhubs at Coventry and Sandwell will each provide 100MW of battery storage and high power charging facilities.
Research project starts for electric ships in the EU
A group of 13 partners from the entire value chain of ship electrification have launched ‘Current Direct’, a research project that aims, among other things, to reduce the cost of battery-electric propulsion systems in shipping and build an ‘Energy as a Service’ platform.
Battery swapping for Dutch container ships
With their newly founded joint venture Zero Emission Services (ZES), a Dutch consortium has taken up the cause of zero-emission inland container shipping. The initiators want to put the first electric ship into operation this year.
Atlantic Offshore to convert two hybrid ships
Wärtsilä will convert two supply vessels of the Norwegian operator Atlantic Offshore to hybrid propulsion. The Finnish technology group is developing and supplying battery packages for this purpose, which are to be installed in the Ocean Star and the Ocean Art by the beginning of 2020.
Hybrid tugboat launched in the port of Luleå
The first ship has gone into operation using the hybrid system HY from the Finnish technology group Wärtsilä. The tug that escorts ships in the Swedish port of Luleå has been equipped with the fully integrated hybrid power module Wärtsilä HY, which includes motors, a battery system and power electronics.