Switzerland-based technology firm ABB has selected Öresund Dry Docks to carry out its project of electrically powering two HH Ferries’ vessels to make them emission-free.

ABB will modernise the ferries by fitting them with batteries, an energy storage control system, and Onboard DC Grid technology.

The vessels, M/F Tycho Brahe and M/F Aurora, will be installed with 4.16MW-worth of batteries, and the containers with the battery racks will be lifted on-board in February next year.

"Tycho Brahe will be drydocked in April next year, and will start operating as a fully electric ferry immediately following the completion of work."

The first vessel, Tycho Brahe, will be drydocked in April next year, and will start operating as a fully electric ferry immediately following the completion of work.

The second vessel, Aurora, will undergo the process in October next year.

HH Ferries AB CEO Henrik Rørbæk said: “Our conversion of the Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries to battery operation is an essential part of our environmental strategy to reduce emissions and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations on Öresund.

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“When the two ferries will sail on pure electric power before the end of 2017 it will be to the benefit our many passengers and the local environment.”

The ferries will be facilitated by automated shore-side charging stations, using an ABB industrial robot at both ends of the route to optimise the connection time and increase the charging period.

The two ferries will be powered by electrically charged batteries while it operates on its route between Helsingør (Denmark) and Helsingborg (Sweden), a distance of approximately 4km, carrying more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually.

The new battery solution will curb total emissions by more than 50%.

Civic works under the project will be completed at the quayside in Helsingör and Helsingborg in the beginning of next year.