Picture and press release: Wabtec

US based Wabtec has joined the HYPOBATT project to support the electrification of vessels. The project is engaged in the development of a megawatt-charging standard and infrastructure for ferries in European ports and also part of the EU-wide horizon initiative. 

Wabtec is now part of a consortium of 18 members that are working on a 42-month project to pick out maritime charging solutions that lower contact time, wait time and maintenance expenses. 

The project will involve the development of a fully automatic and safe electric ship connection system and the main aim is to develop a modular, quick and simple multi-megawatt charging system. The battery will be able to fully charge its battery while at the dock. 

Additionally, the project aims to bring 95% enhancement in charger availability and 10% in battery life. This technology will be demonstrated at the ports of Norddeich and Norderney, Germany. 

Wabtec industry product line vice-president Olivier Kompaore said: “Europe has aggressive sustainability targets to reduce CO₂ emissions by at least 40% until 2030. This project will help to standardise a modular, fast and easy multi-megawatt charging system, paving the way for clean, zero-emission and competitive solutions for maritime transportation. Wabtec’s state-of-the-art charging solutions, like FerryCHARGER, will serve as the blueprint for the project.” 

The shipping company Reederei Nordan-Frisia’s vessel will be used to test the technology.