New Ballerina. Electric Ferry
Stockholm ferry operator Ballerina has placed an order for a lithium-ion battery system from Saft Batteries to provide all electric power for a brand new ferry boat.
The goal is to greatly reduce operating costs and emissions. Not to mention, provide serenely quiet operation.
The all-electric ferry will make 10 stops on a 50-minute route of the Stockholm waterways carrying foot passengers and cyclists.
Batteries are fully charged overnight in the harbor and 2 partial charging sessions occur during the 8 round trips each day.
Saft's experience in providing lithium-ion battery systems builds up on this order as Saft has already provided battery systems for Bordeaux City with two hybrid battery-and-diesel-powered ferryboats and a 100% battery powered shuttle boat for Paris's canal Saint-Denis.
Saft’s Sales Manager for the Nordic countries and Germany, Christer Steen, adds:
“Saft is a pioneer in electrically powered vessels, which are growing in popularity and offer the promise of low operating costs, quiet operation and reduced emissions. Saft sees significant potential in this market.”
In order to meet ferry requirements, Saft will be supplying an energy storage system with capacity of 500 kWh, at 650 V.
This all-electric ferry has not been named just yet, but it will begin operations in September 2014. Saft will deliver the energy storage system by May 2014.