Hybrid ferry to use Leclanché’s 10 MWh battery system

Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanché will provide a 10 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for Scandlines’s Puttgarden Rødby 2024 hybrid ferry project. The company expects to begin the delivery in January 2023. According to Leclanché, the ferry will be the “world’s largest electric-powered hybrid ferry.”

The new roll-on/roll-off ferry will provide service between Puttgarden, Germany and Rødby, Denmark. Leclanché says it will make the crossing in 45 minutes in hybrid mode and 70 minutes in fully-electric mode. The ferry has a capacity of 66 freight units and 140 passengers. It will be constructed at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey, and is expected to enter service in 2024.

Leclanché’s BESS is composed of a Marine Rack System (MRS) that the company says helps vessels to meet international marine emissions regulations, G/NMC batteries in 48 battery strings distributed across 8 switchboards, an active safety system and a liquid-cooling system. The company says “Leclanché’s liquid-cooled battery systems provide numerous advantages over air-cooled batteries, including improved safety, faster charging, longer lifetime, smaller footprint and lower energy consumption.”

The BESS offers a 10,028 kWh capacity and a maximum voltage of 864 V, and Leclanché guarantees these specs for 10 years.

“Our team has been delivering large-capacity marine battery systems for customers as diverse as Grimaldi Lines, Damen and Wasaline—and breakthrough projects, including the e-ferry Ellen, funded by the municipality of Aerø, Denmark and the European Union as well as the recently launched Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous and fully electric container ship,” said Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava.

Source: Leclanché

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