ABB will provide power system for Norwegian hybrid vehicle ferries
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will provide power systems for a hybrid ferry that is responsible for important passenger routes in Norway. The design of the ferry is flexible and can be used as a hybrid operation, but it can also be improved to become an all-electric ferry by using an onshore charging system. The order was another success for ABB in Northern Europe.
“This is another example of ABB's cutting-edge energy storage solutions for the maritime industry,” said ABB's Norwegian Marine and Port Director. “The Nordic and Scandinavian ship and ferry owners are aware of ABB's flexible power system. Can be used for their electric boat."
The main product of ABB's scope of supply is the onboard DC grid system. This is a modular electrical system platform that uses DC power to connect energy to consumers, greatly simplifying energy reserve integration (ie, two 270 kW battery packs) and allowing the engine to operate more efficiently during shifting. This helps save energy and reduce emissions. The battery will be used for peak regulation, which means that the battery will help meet the power demand so that the generator can operate at an optimal level. The boater can choose to add an additional 16 battery packs and a shore connection to achieve full electric operation of the ferry.
“Energy storage has become one of the most important areas of focus for our R&D team,” said JuhaKoskela, General Manager of ABB Oceans and Ports. “We realize that batteries play an important role in a range of vessels, and they are present and future. Important technology."
ABB's power system is part of the total power system provided by Acel. The MM63 ferry designed by MultiMaritime will be built by Fiskarstrand Verft in western Norway. The ferry can accommodate 60 cars and 250 passengers.