All Electric Ferry Wins Ship Of The Year Award


Norled Electric Ferry

Norled Electric Ferry

The all-electric ferry known as “ZeroCat 120” has been awarded “Ship of the Year”.

The honor was handed out at the recent SMM trade show in Hamburg.

Reporting on the award, G Captain states:

“ZeroCat 120″ is owned by the Norwegian ferry operator Norled and was designed and built by Fjellstrand, located on the southwest coast of Norway at Omastrand in the Hardangerfjord.”

“The electrically-powered ferry was originally developed as a submission to a Norwegian Ministry of Transport competition where the winner would get a 10-year license to operate the Lavik-Oppedal route beginning in 2015. The new ferry, the world’s first to operate solely on battery power, will operate the route with 34 crossings a day, 365 days a year beginning January 1. The route and Norway in general is considered ideal for battery-powered ferries because of the short routes.”

“The vessel has capacity for 120 cars and 360 passengers and will operate at about 10 knots.”

As for the electric propulsion system that powers ZeroCat 120, it comes from Rolls-Royce. As we previously reported on InsideEVs:

“Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce is tackling the high seas with its latest electrified propulsion system.”

“Rolls-Royce will supply the Fjellstrand electric ferry with its Azipull (azimuthing pulling propeller) propulsion system.   The ferry will be operated by Norled and will transport vehicles and passenger between Lavik and Oppedal, Norway at speeds of up to 25 knots (29 mph).”

“The Rolls-Royce Azipull propulsion system, which utilizes pulling propellers, will pull the aluminum catamaran ferry with power coming from a 800 kW, 11-ton battery pack.”

“The trek between Lavik and Oppedal will take approximately 20 minutes and charging will take place while vehicles (up to 120)  and passengers (up to 360) are loading the ferry.  This provides only a 10-minute timfeframe to charge the massive vessel, which may seem to short to be possible, but high-capacity batteries, located at each port, will perform what’s called a “dump charge” to get the ferry ready for its next crossing before it departs.”

“Amazingly, this electric ferry, which will replace the current 2,000-hp diesel ferry, will eliminate the annual need for 264,000 gallons of fuel.”

Source: G Captain

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Simply amazing.

I’m not sure if the battery is 800kW HOUR capacity or 800kW (power, or about 1000hp).

Can we get a clarification on how big the “dump batteries” are, how big the ship battery is, and how much power the ship battery provides?

On board motors are supposed to be 2*450 kW. On board battery 1 MWh (1000 kWh).

Land batteries 260 kWh on each side and the power to charge them coming from a up to 250 kW continous stream of power.

That’s only 2/3 of a Hypercharger for one car. Therefore, with all the people and cars that a Ferry moves, it sounds pretty ‘grid friendly’ to me.

Not sure this is the world’s first. This one has apparently been operating for a while:

Still, an impressive achievement and deserving of recognition.

That is just a small cable ferry, this is a big free floating ferry.

Powered by that clean green hydropower in Norway. They are also starting to install lots of wind turbines to increase their electricity generation capacity. The more capacity, the better because it is nice to have the hydropower as dispatchable power to supplement wind turbines & solar in Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.

That is a great solution for both Norway which can sell their power to higher prices and for Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

They are adding more transfering capacity to Denmark in 2014 and 2020, Germany in 2018 and the UK in 2020.

Just like Sweden has already done by adding a lot of wind power to be able to export water power when needed. Being the the largest net exporter to Denmark.

Both Norway and Sweden net exported about 18-20 TWh in 2012 but Norway has the capacity to export a lot more since they have twice as much hydro power and use less electricity. They are also using more electricity per capita so when they start to increase the efficiency they will have even more to export.

This system comes from the marine division of Rolls-Royce Plc, which mainly produces turbines for stationary, marine and aero-engine applications.

It has nothing to do with the money loosing car division, which was separated decades ago and later bought by BMW.

Is this a plug in boat? With an awfully long mains cable?
Or, in the event of a low battery, do pedals pop up out of the floor and the crew appear with whips to ‘encourage’ the passengers to pedal?