Scandlines to go electric

2023-12-28T18:37:39+00:00 December 28th, 2023|Environment|

Baltic ferry company, Scandlines has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to deliver an onshore charging system to the operator’s berth in Puttgarden, Germany.

The Norwegian-based maritime system integrator, which specializes in sustainable energy design and smart control systems, will deliver the land-based charging system to the Puttgarden ferry berth, and connect the equipment to the power grid of the regional operator, Schleswig-Holstein Netz.

NES will also deliver the equipment needed for the ferry.

Scandlines’ new zero direct emissions ferry, ‘Futura’, currently under construction in Turkey, will operate on the Puttgarden/Rødby route between Germany and Denmark.

In April 2022, Scandlines signed a contract to deliver the shore power solution at Rødby on the Danish side of the route.

The charging system will supply power to both the ‘Futura’ and the Fehmarn Belt hybrid ferries, which as of 2025 will operate at least 80% emission-free.

“Scandlines has a clear green agenda and has for years invested in environmentally friendly technologies for their ferry fleet. We are proud that Scandlines has chosen NES to deliver yet another onshore power system,”said Jan Klokk, NES Vice President Sales.

Charging in record time NES is already in the process of delivering power, automation, and navigation systems to the freight ferry. With the design and delivery of the ferry’s charging solution on both sides of the route, NES is responsible for the complete energy design, from the power grid to the propeller.

The required components onshore include a 30 MVA grid transformer, medium and low voltage transformers, and switchboards, in addition to control system and data collection system.

“With a battery pack of 10 MWh, equivalent to the combined capacity of about 150 electric cars, the ferry’s battery capacity will be among the world’s largest on a ship. Rapid charging is essential for the ferry while it is unloading vehicles and should take about 12 mins. While fast charging a car is one thing, handling this amount of energy is quite another matter,” added Klokk.

NES, a subsidiary of HAV Group listed on Euronext Growth in Oslo, will utilise its three Norwegian facilities in Bergen, Egersund, and Ålesund to design, assemble, and test the onshore power system.

Scandlines has taken a wide range of initiatives recently, an investment in a new zero direct emissions freight ferry and ambitions to make the Puttgarden/Rødby route emission-free by 2030 and realise the zero direct emissions vision by 2040.

Back in 2013, the company invested in hybrid ferries with battery banks, and in 2024, the ‘Futura’ will be deployed on the Puttgarden/Rødby route.

Scandlines also said that it closely monitors technological developments and continuously optimises its ferry operations in terms of energy efficiency.

Since 2013, the company has invested more than €400 mill in green technology, such as new hybrid ferries for the Rostock/Gedser route, rotor sails and new centre propeller blade for these ferries, new highly efficient and low-noise thrusters for the Puttgarden/Rødby ferries and algae-repellent silicone paint, which saves energy, compared to conventional types of bottom paint.

The next big step in the journey is the conversion of two of the four passenger ferries operating the Puttgarden/Rødby route into plug-in ferries so that they can charge green power at both ends.

On average, the ferries’ batteries will be charged in just 12 mins with at least 80% of the energy needed for a crossing. To make this possible, Scandlines is investing in the following:

  • Large energy storage system on board both ferries.
  • Charging facilities on board.
  • Solar panels on board both ferries.

The total investment in electrification of the Fehmarn Belt ferries amounts to €31 mill. The German Ministry of Transport has awarded the project financial support as part of a funding programme covering sustainable modernisation of coastal vessels to reduce emissions, covering up to 40% of the conversion costs.

Subject to the final equipment delivery time, the ferries will be converted at the beginning of 2024 through 2025.

By 2030, Scandlines will have reduced the company’s total direct CO2 emissions by around 60%, compared to 2008. The goal remains zero direct emissions for the entire company in 2040.

“We are now electrifying two of our Fehmarn Belt ferries and moving much closer to our goal of making the route emission-free in Scope 1 by 2030. This is what our customers want, and it will significantly strengthen our competitiveness.

“The combination of our unparalleled reliability, continued investment in our unique green profile, as well as the tailored traffic machine and excellent retail offerings, forms a competitive foundation for our business, also ahead of the planned opening of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link,” added Scandlines CEO, Carsten Nørland.