By combining the new technologies with existing technologies, four partners are conducting a new R & D project aimed at building a ferry that will enable a huge environmental breakthrough.
The zero-emission ferry project, jointly run by Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Authority (NCA), has now received 5.9 million Norwegian kroner from the Norwegian Research Project ENERGIX Project (about 717,000 United States dollars).
The Zero Emissions Ferry project will develop a new electrical system that will not only provide more efficient energy output and operate at a stable cost, but will also be less costly, easier to integrate and have less environmental impact. Luo Luo explained that, in general, the hybrid system on board a hybrid passenger car a thousand times larger, so the development of the new system is very difficult.
The four partners want to explore new ways to combine energy storage, energy management, onboard energy distribution and recharging systems to achieve these goals. At present, the relevant work has already begun, Ferry operators Color Line and Norled have clear goals for the results.
Lars Jacob Engelsen, Norled's deputy chief executive, said Norled's goal is to gradually reduce fleet emissions and become Norway's first 100% zero-emission operator. Norled has been well electrified on the short ferry, but Norled is still waiting for the technology to mature further to allow longer voyages.
Johann Martinussen, head of Color Line Automation Controls, said the project is fully compliant with Color Line's environmental strategy, with the fleet electrification playing a key role. Color Line wants to be able to use its energy on board more efficiently, reducing machine uptime and ensuring fleet energy consumption comes more from "green" onshore electricity than from fossil fuels.
The Norwegian Coastal Shipping Company is one of the first ship owners in Norway to use batteries on board and its multi-purpose vessel "OV Bokfjord" is equipped with an environmentally friendly hybrid system. Currently, the company is still building a new boat with a larger battery pack and has an alternative order to build a third-of-a-kind ship.
Rolls-Royce is a technical partner to this coalition and will provide funding and personnel with the goal of developing a system that is commercially attractive to shipowners and to protect the environment as much as possible. Rollo said the goal of the system and its components is to be used in short-haul ferries and cruise ships. Norway is at the forefront of green shipping and is expected to have strong international export potential.
Founded in 2013, the ENERGIX project is a 10-year program supported by the Norwegian Research Council. The goal of the ENERGIX project is to provide new knowledge and promote long-term, sustainable conversion of existing energy systems to energy-efficient solutions that use a higher percentage of renewable energy. The ENERGIX project covers fixed energy systems and environmentally friendly energy for transportation.