Zinus is to supply its autonomous charging solution to what is reported to be the world’s first zero-emission, lightweight ro-pax ferry.
The endeavor is led by Incat Tasmania and commissioned by South American customer Buquebus. The ferry will operate between Argentina and Uruguay and have a capacity of 2,100 passengers and 225 vehicles.
Zinus’s autonomous charging solution includes the SWC200 Onboard Unit and ZPP800 Charging Tower Solution. The technology is designed to enable the vessel to connect to the shore and charge its batteries efficiently.
“The significance of this project cannot be overstated,” said Ronny Olson, sales manager at Zinus. “This ro-pax ferry represents a giant leap toward decarbonized maritime operations. We are thrilled to contribute our innovative charging solution to this groundbreaking initiative.”
The fully electric ferry has an overall length of 130m. The battery modules and energy storage system on board are four times larger than those on any other electric or hybrid ship currently in operation. Zinus’s autonomous charging solution is designed to handle the increased demand, with double the current output of their previous systems. The output capacity for this project’s solution is 16,000A DC / 8,000A AC, ensuring efficient and rapid charging. With Zinus’s charging solution, the ro-pax ferry will operate with zero emissions.