Green battery to power 'largest' electric ferry

E-ferry The emission-free E-ferry in Denmark is expected to sail 60 nautical miles on a single battery charge

A lithium-ion battery system developed to reduce the emissions and operating costs of marine vessels will be used to operate the "world’s largest" 100% electric ferry in Denmark.

The modular Leclanché Marine Rack System (MRS) is the first marine battery system of its type approved by international certification body DNV-GL.

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said: “There is a huge opportunity for marine vessels across the world to reduce their harmful emissions and cut their operating costs by leveraging battery storage technology. This is why we developed the MRS and we are delighted that it is the world’s first such solution to receive type approval from DNV-GL. This certification opens up a very exciting and substantial global market for Leclanché.”

By using the safety-tested 4.3 MWh MRS battery, the emission-free E-ferry in Denmark, which is allegedly the world’s largest 100% electric ferry, is expected to sail 60 nautical miles (110km) on a single battery charge.

Over 1000 ferries could use the technology across Europe over the next ten years, the energy storage solution company says.

The MRS could also be used in other processes including hybridization and peak shaving of auxiliary loads of cargo vessels and cruise ships.

Part of the €77bn EU Horizon 2020 project, the E-ferry will be launched in late 2017 and will sail between Aeroe and Denmark’s mainland.

In 2015 the global marine hybrid propulsion market was valued at US$2.6bn. It is expected to reach US$5.2bn by 2024.