29 Sep '16, 12pm

New @Siemens electric ferries are taking to the seas in Scandinavia

New @Siemens electric ferries are taking to the seas in Scandinavia

Germany’s Siemens is going to supply propulsion systems for two new Norwegian battery-powered ferries. This means that the all four of the world’s first electric ferries will be run on Siemens’ technology. Here’s a quick guide to the vessels — and the technology they carry onboard. Sustainable alternative Most ferries worldwide are currently operated by diesel engines, but five years ago Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications announced a competition to develop a cleaner way to power the boats. Siemens ultimately won the competition and set about designing an all-electric alternative to fossil-fuelled ferries. Maiden voyage Last year, Siemens launched the world’s first electric ferry in conjunction with Fjellstrand, a Norwegian shipyard. The vessel, called Ampere , was designed to transport cars and passengers between the villages of Lavik and Oppedal in the Sogn...

Full article: http://www.energydigital.com/sustainability/4299/Siemens-...

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