EST-Floattech partners with Rolls-Royce Power Systems

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EST-Floattech has announced a long-term partnership with Rolls-Royce Power Systems, through which it will supply Green Orca 1050 battery modules for 10 new-build vessels.

The first order of the new partnership is for lithium polymer battery modules of the Green Orca 1050 series for nine hybrid fast ferries of the Italian operator Liberty Lines; these vessels are equipped with mtu hybrid propulsion packs supplied by Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Each of the modules has a capacity of 10.5kWh, making a total of 3,118.5kWh for nine vessels. Sister vessels of identical design will be built at the Spanish shipyard Armon between April 2023 and April 2024 and are scheduled to set sail between 2023 and 2026 for ferry operations between Sicily and Croatia and between smaller Italian islands as well.

Secondly, the hybrid propulsion pack of a 76m mega-yacht from Turkish yacht builder Turquoise Yachts will be supplied with 1,512kWh of battery power. Delivery of the propulsion pack is planned for 2023, and the yacht is scheduled to be taken into service in 2025.

Both the ferry and yacht battery systems are used for cruising speeds of up to 8kts. In all-electric operation, for example when entering and leaving port, anchoring and maneuvering, this not only produces no emissions and protects the environment, but also enables greater comfort on board due to the minimal sound generated.

Walter van der Pennen, chief commercial officer at EST-Floattech, said, “The Framework Agreement is a milestone achievement for EST-Floattech Hamburg. Rolls-Royce Power Systems and EST-Floattech will work well together. Both companies are setting milestones on the road to climate-neutral shipping with the approved Series 2000 and Series 4000 mtu marine diesel engines, respectively the approved and DNV-certified Green Orca 1050 batteries.”

Marc Mühlenbeck, sales manager of EST-Floattech, Germany, said, “Rolls-Royce Power Systems was convinced by the technical capability, high quality and reliability related to our battery system. Furthermore, our technical and commercial team showed they can move fast and were able to respond fast to all technical requests.”

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