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The World’s Largest Emission-Free Electric Ferries

Tony Slinn
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HH Ferries Group, which operates the Scandlines ferries across the Öresund strait between Helsingborg, Sweden, and Helsingør, Denmark, will convert two of its fleet to battery power.

The Tycho Brahe and the Aurora will be fitted with 4.16 MWh of batteries this year. The $32.6 million investment is co-financed by INEA, the European Union’s transnational innovation agency. The biggest single investment ever by HH Ferries will result in the largest battery-powered vessels in the world. The project will lower total emissions from the four-ferry fleet by over 50%. In 2015, Scandlines transported 7.4 million passengers, 1.4 million cars, 390,000 trucks and 20,000 buses across the 4 km between Helsingborg and Helsingør at the Öresund’s narrowest point.

The work will be carried out at Öresund Dry Docks in Sweden, with the Tycho Brahe scheduled for conversion in late April/May. It will immediately start operating as an electric ferry. The Aurora will undergo the same process in October. The lithium batteries will be supplied by the Norwegian/Canadian company Plan B Energy Storage (PBES), while the conversion will be the responsibility of global technology giant ABB.

Four Charging Stations

The PBES energy storage system features a proprietary liquid cooling system offering significant safety at sea. ABB´s conversion package also includes a control system and onboard DC grid technology.

In another world first, ABB is supplying and installing four laser-guided robotic shore charging stations in the two port cities to optimize connection and charging times.

ABB automated shore connection station (Courtesy of ABB)
ABB automated shore connection station (Courtesy of ABB)

The Tycho Brahe and the Aurora will be fitted with 4.16 MWh of batteries this year (Courtesy of Scandlines)

HH Ferries Tycho Brahe will be the first to be converted (Courtesy of ABB)

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