Switzerland-based technology group ABB has been nominated for the Ship Efficiency Awards 2016 for modernising two vessels, Tycho Brahe and Aurora, with emission-free electric technology.

The nomination has been given in ‘The Energy Efficiency Solution Award’ category.

Owned by HH Ferries Group, the two vessels will be equipped with power and propulsion systems from ABB.

"We are providing innovative turnkey solutions that will help HH Ferries run its operations efficiently."

The ABB solutions include batteries, an energy storage control system and on-board DC grid technology, as well as the first automated shore-side charging stations, which use an ABB industrial robot to optimise the connection time and increase the charging period.

ABB Global sales passenger vessels and Azipod propulsion vice-president Marcus Högblom said: “We are providing innovative turnkey solutions that will help HH Ferries run its operations efficiently while at the same time cutting the environmental impact of the vessels.”

Construction of the HH Ferries automated shore-side charging arm has already started in Finland.

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To be built with an investment of Skr300m ($34m), the ferries will completely rely on battery power to operate.

Once completed, the ferries will operate between Helsingør, Denmark and Helsingborg, Sweden, a distance of around 4km carrying more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.8 million vehicles in a year.

HH Ferries Group CEO Henrik Rørbæk said: “We are very pleased that, together with ABB and in an innovative way, we have been able to create a new set up to retain our position as a highly efficient high capacity route.

“We invest responsibly in tomorrow’s technology solutions, leading towards a greener future to the benefit of our customers and the environment.”

ABB’s new battery solution is expected help reduce total emissions across HH Ferries’ fleet by more than 50%.