Echandia to supply battery systems for two Molslinjen fully electric vessels

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Energy storage solutions from Echandia will be used on board two new fully electrified Molslinjen vessels. The battery systems will have a total capacity of approximately 7MWh.

Echandia’s battery system was chosen by Molslinjen because of its lower total cost of ownership, safety features and low weight. The vessels will be prepared to sail autonomously between ports and will also benefit from automatic docking and charging technology at quay. With an energy storage of 3.1MWh and 3.8MWh respectively, each ferry will be capable of a full charge in 20-25 minutes. To increase its sustainability credentials, Molslinjen’s fully electric passenger ferries are charged using energy from green wind power.

Designed by OSK-ShipTech, the ferries will be built at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey and are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and to begin serving routes later that same year. The 116.8m-long vessels will have the capacity to carry 600 passengers and 188 cars.

“The total cost of ownership, combined with the product’s high level of safety and low weight, were key factors in selecting Echandia as battery supplier,” said Ole Berg-Hansen, chief engineer, Molslinjen. “In addition, choosing a system with longer lifetime makes perfect sense from a sustainability perspective.”

“For Echandia, this is a yet another breakthrough,” explained Fredrik Hellström, CEO, Echandia. “Molslinjen is showing the way, and we believe that many other operators will follow their example in the future. For us, the deal means a step toward supplying larger passenger ferries where weight, total cost and safety are important aspects.”

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