Innovative vessel as cost efficient alternative
E-ferry is an innovative project supported by the European initiative H2020 involving the design, building and demonstration of a fully electric powered ‘green’ ferry, which can sail without polluting and CO2 emissions. To validate and prove the feasibility and cost effectiveness of the concept to the industry and ferry operators, the E-ferry is demonstrated in an operational viable setup on the Soeby-Fynshav and Soeby-Faaborg connections in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea connecting the island of Aeroe (Ærø) to the mainland.
The island of Aeroe plans to be self-sufficient in CO2 neutral energy by 2025. Wind turbines already produce 120% of the island’s annual electricity consumption. Therefore, some of this energy can be used for the ferry operation as a cost efficient alternative to fossil-fuelled ferries.
E-ferry will be the world’s most powerful electrical ferry. However, the changeover does not come without a few challenges for the ferry owners who use Orbicon as engineering consultants.