The world’s largest all-electric ferry Ellen has made its first commercial trip – and will prevent the release of 2,000 tonnes of CO2 over a year
Ellen made its first trip on 15 August connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav, on the islands of Aerø and Als in southern Denmark. This ship, capable of carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers, is powered by a 4.3-MWh battery system provided by Leclanché.
E-ferry Ellen is expected to be fully operational within a few weeks. The E-ferry is part of the Danish Natura project, which aims to provide environmentally friendly transport for local residents. This project was initiated in 2015 and funded by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 and Innovation Program.
Leclanché chief executive Anil Srivastava said "We are very proud to provide a specifically designed unique lithium-ion battery system to this ferry, the precursor to a new era in the commercial marine sector. With its 4.3 MWh capacity, the E-ferry represents a new milestone in commercial marine propulsion. Over one year, it will prevent the release of 2,000 tonnes of CO2, 42 tonnes of NOx, 2.5 tonnes of particulates and 1.4 tonnes of SO2 into the atmosphere. This project demonstrates that today we can replace fossil fuel thermal drives with clean energy, and contribute to the fight against global warming and pollution for the well-being of our communities.”
A statement from the battery provider said “The battery system supplied by Leclanché uses high-energy G-NMC lithium-ion cells with unique safety features, including a bi-cellular laminated design and ceramic separators. Leclanché specifically designs and engineers class type-approved and certified marine rack systems including fire prevention and extinguishing systems.”
The Swiss company develops and manufactures its own graphite/nickel-manganese cobalt lithium oxide and titanate lithium oxide cells.
The project has received the DNV-GL type-approval certificate and product certificate.
Riviera Maritime Media’s Maritime Hybrid & Electric Conference will examine how vessels can reduce fuel consumption, maintenance costs and emissions.
4-5 September 2019, Bergen, Norway. Tickets can be booked online with a discount for group bookings.