Research to further enable zero emissions ships

Norwegian short-sea ferries are being used to pioneer technologies such as LNG, batteries and shore power in a new research project Norwegian short-sea ferries are being used to pioneer technologies such as LNG, batteries and shore power in a new research project

A new project is using Norwegian short-sea ferries to pioneer technologies including LNG, batteries and shore power.

The Zero Emission Ferry project, which involves Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration, wants to develop a commercially attractive electrical system that provides efficient power output and stable operations, is cheap to run, easier to integrate and has a lower environmental impact.

“This project is completely in line with our environmental strategy, in which the electrification of the fleet plays a key role,” said Johann Martinussen, superintendent automation & control, Color Line.

“We want to exploit the energy on board more efficiently, reduce the operating time for our onboard machine park and ensure that we cover a larger proportion of our energy consumption from ‘green’ onshore power rather than fossil fuels.”

Environmental ambitions

The four partners aim to achieve this by investigating new ways of combining systems for energy storage, energy management, onboard energy distribution and recharging.

Work is already well underway, and the two ferry operators have specific goals with regard to the outcome.

The Marine division of Rolls-Royce is the consortium’s technology partner and will provide both financial and manpower.

“The aim is for the entire system or its component parts to be capable of use on both short-haul car ferries and big cruise ferries,” said Sigurd Øvrebø, general manager product electric and power at Rolls-Royce Marine.

“Norway is far out in front with regard to green shipping and we see an international export potential for these kinds of systems.”

This new project has received a NOK 5.9 million grant from the Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX programme.

The ENERGIX programme demands practical results in return for its support and the objective is to follow-up this two-year research programme with three full-scale installations.


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