Echandia wins record order

2024-05-28T19:43:43+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Environment|

Swedish battery systems supplier, Echandia has won an order for the delivery of battery systems for the conversion of two unnamed ropaxes to pure electric propulsion.

This is the company’s largest order to date, both in terms of value and system size. Delivery is planned for the second half of 2025.

Echandia’s battery systems are installed to significantly reduce both fossil fuel emissions and fuel costs.

They are designed to meet the customer’s requirement for a 10-year lifespan, which the systems can easily achieve, the company said.

The main reasons Echandia’s battery systems were chosen for this project are their long lifespan, high safety, and the fact that they require roughly half the installation space compared to other systems, it was claimed..

“We are seeing a clear trend towards more and larger orders for converting ferries from fossil fuel to electric propulsion. This order is our largest to date and the result of focused work on both our products and partnerships within the maritime sector. This also solidifies that we are now seriously considered one of the leading suppliers in maritime electrification. An important milestone for Echandia,” said Fredrik Hellström, Echandia CEO.

Earlier, the company had reported securing an order from Öresundslinjen for the conversion of the ropax ‘Hamlet’ from fossil fuel dependency to full electrical operation.

This battery system is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2025.

Operating on the Helsingør/Helsingborg route, ‘Hamlet’ crosses the Öresund strait up to 8,000 times annually.

This battery system is also tailored for a minimum operational lifespan of 10 years without requiring battery replacement. Furthermore, the battery can be recharged in both ports in as little as 11 minutes on average.

“After evaluating multiple battery suppliers for this significant conversion project, the superior lifetime and lower weight of the Echandia battery system stood out as the primary reasons why Echandia emerged as the optimal choice for us,” explained Kristian Durhuus, Molslinjen CEO.

“These factors contribute to the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and environmental footprint when compared to other options.”