Sweden’s largest hybrid-electric car ferry, Tellus, will soon begin passenger operations, technology firm Danfoss Editron said.
Built and delivered by Baltic Workboats shipyard, the
100-meter-long ferry will be capable of transporting up to 297 passengers and
80 cars per journey on the 1.8km Gullmarsleden route linking Uddevalla to
Commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration, the
Tellus ferry will mainly operate on fully-electric mode, bringing the
government agency closer to achieving its target of becoming fossil-free by
Tellus will operate on one of Sweden’s busiest maritime
routes, with over 100,000 vehicles transported per month, the majority being
As part of the collaboration with Baltic Workboats, Danfoss
Editron delivered the electric powerplant and propulsion system for the
The lightweight electric powerplant is connected to the 12
battery-racks provided by Corvus batteries, which have a total capacity of 949
kWh. The batteries are currently charged at night via an on-shore charging
station and can also be charged by diesel engines while the ferry is in
As explained, this temporary solution will be replaced by
automatic charging stations at the harbor once the infrastructure is ready.
In addition to controlling the ferry’s propulsion, the
Editron load control system automatically supervises the powerplant and ensures
that fuel consumption is optimized at all times, even when the ferry is not
operating on fully-electric mode only.
When in hybrid-electric mode, the ferry will operate on a
single genset, with the rest of the propulsion supported by battery power. The
control system’s separation operation mode ensures that the ferry’s captain can
easily choose the most appropriate operation mode and swiftly switch between
them if necessary, Editron said.
“Similar ferries are already in operation in Finland and
Norway, so we are thrilled to see Sweden joining the movement. The
electrification of the marine industry is a trend which will continue to grow
as more countries introduce legislation related to reducing emissions in the sector,”
Jani Hartikka, Project Manager at Danfoss Editron, commented.
“The Tellus ferry is a technical feat and we are looking
forward to seeing more of ferries of its kind enter operation on Swedish
waters. We are aiming to scale-up electrification in the marine industry and we
are glad to have found a reliable partner in Danfoss Editron that shares the
same vision,” Marek Müürisepp, Electrical Engineer at Baltic Workboats, said.
“We are delighted to add the Tellus ferry to our fleet,
which demonstrates that emission-free solutions are as efficient as their
diesel counterparts. Our plan is to continue to upgrade our vessels with
hybrid-electric systems in order to operate the most sustainable fleet possible
in a near future,” Peter Peterberg, Environmental Coordinator at the Swedish
Transport Administration, added.