Switzerland-based power and automation technology group ABB has secured a contract from the Norwegian shipbuilder Brodrene to power its new vessel currently under construction.
Under the terms of the agreement, ABB will supply a compact and lightweight version of the DC Grid system for the ferry called Seasight.
The system will integrate energy storage into modern marine power systems through its DC infrastructure and integrated power and energy management.
This will transfer energy to the battery during charging while the diesel engines are running.
The 40m-long ferry will operate between Flåm and Gudvangen along the Nærøyfjord in the west of Norway, covering a distance of about 32km.
With a capacity to accommodate nearly 450 tourists, the vessel is scheduled to commence operations under the Fjords in May 2016.
ABB’s technology will enable the ferry to switch to battery power upon reaching fjord, thereby allowing sightseers to enjoy complete silence.
Adoption of ABB’s technology is expected to enable the vessel in reducing the CO2 emissions.
ABB Marine and Ports in Norway director Sindre Sætre: "Regulation means Norway is leading the world in terms of battery power for passenger ferries.
"Globally battery power and hybrid technology is gaining importance in the maritime sector and we are delighted to be at the forefront of that process."
The sightseeing ferry is designed for fully electric or hybrid power to make the ride silent and comfortable to passengers.
Made of carbonfibre, the vessel runs on two 250kw el. motor (PM), and has a batterypack of 500 kWh.
Brødrene’s Anstein Aa said: "This is one of the most exciting vessels we have ever constructed in terms of both aesthetics and technology.
"With ABB’s established reputation in the passenger maritime sector, we are extremely happy to have such an experienced partner in such an innovative project."
Image: Seasight Ferry. Photo: © 2015 ABB