Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has ordered Zinus’ autonomous charging solution to electrify two ferry connections
Zinus has secured a new contract to deliver autonomous charging systems to two ferry connections in Nordland county, and will thus have all the major ferry companies in Norway as end customers.
NES ordered Zinus’ autonomous charging solution to electrify the ferry connections Bognes-Skarberget and Drag-Kjøpsvik in Nordland county. From 1 December 2022, both routes will be operated by the ferry company Fjord1.
Bognes-Skarberget is an important part of the E6, the main thoroughfare through northern Norway, while the 15-km crossing from Drag to Kjøpsvik will be the longest electrified ferry connection in Norway. At all the ferry quays there are large tidal differences.
The delivery from Zinus includes one ZPP700 charging tower for each of the four ferry quays and six SWC100 charging connections to be installed on board the ferries Glutra, Fannefjord and Lote.
The systems will be put into operation in Q1 and Q2 2022. Together, the charging tower and connection form an autonomous system that charges electric ferries fully automatically at call. Connecting the ferries to the power supply only takes around 20 seconds, and the system can deliver a current of as much as 4,400 amperes.
“We look forward to a good collaboration with Zinus and NES on this delivery,” said Fjord1 project manager Odd Bjarte Johnsen.
Zinus sales manager Ronny Olson said, “This is a valuable contract for Zinus. Not only financially, but also because we are connecting with new customers. Serving Fjord1 with our equipment means we have deliveries to all the major ferry companies in Norway. The contract is therefore yet another confirmation of the trust we have gained in the market, and it shows that our Norwegian-manufactured products for the green shift are doing well in competition with major international providers.
“Norwegian-developed and -produced technology, at competitive prices and with short delivery times, short shipping distances and a good service apparatus, has made us an important player in the work of increasing the sustainability of Norwegian shipping.”
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