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Scandlines to Power Two New Ferries with Hybrid Drives

Scandlines two newest car and passenger ferries, the M/B Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will be powered by electric hybrid drive.

Published: 03-Mar-2015

Two new, 1,300 passenger ferries operated by Europe's Scandlines, will be powered by Corvus battery systems, which have already be installed on a previous company ferry. The M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will be the first new vessels to have the 1,050V DC power plant installed during initial construction. Previous vessels had been retrofitted with the 1.5MWh Energy Storage System (ESS), which consists of 231 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer battery modules.

Capable of also carrying as many as 460 cars or 96 trucks, each new Scandline ferry is being equipped with four diesel gensets, one fewer than the traditional non-hybrid installation. The gensets keep the ESS charged, which in turn provides the power to the electric motors that turn the propeller shafts. Operating off the battery, enables the vessel run with diesels turned off while in port, dramatically reducing emissions. While at sea, a scrubber will clean the engine exhaust streams of pollutants, including sulphur and particulate matter, helping reduce sulphur emissions by at least 90 %."

The two ships will operate on the Rostock-Gedser commercial route.

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