PBES Lithium Energy Storage Selected for new HH Ferries Contract
Norwegian/Canadian PBES awarded supply contract for worlds largest battery-‐powered ferries
Trondheim, Norway – October 4, 2016 – Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) today announced the energy storage supply contract for the two largest battery-‐powered ferries in the world. Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-‐Helsingör ferries will have 4.16 MWh batteries to provide power for primary propulsion.
The fully electric ferries will carry their part of more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually with zero emissions. INEA, the EU’s executive agency for innovation and network, supports the SEK 300 million project with SEK 120 million.
The energy storage system, designed by PBES with a proprietary liquid cooling system that provides a higher level of safety to marine customers, is part of ABB´s modernization package, which also includes energy storage control system and Onboard DC Grid technology. The thermal management system constantly maintains optimal internal temperatures to maximize lifespan of the battery.
“The use of energy storage in these vessels is a clear validation by industry leaders. PBES technology is best in class,” said Brent Perry, chief executive of PBES. “Scandlines Helsingborg-‐Helsingör has become a world leader in adoption of energy storage on ferries to support its environmental strategy. With this contract PBES is established as the leader in energy storage.”
“We are very pleased to work with PBES on this project. Our technology combined with their energy storage solution improves significantly the efficiency of the vessels while lowering the environmental impact.” says Jan-‐Erik Räsänen, Head of New Technologies, ABB Marine and Ports.
“With skilled partners, proven technology and strong innovation we are able to create a new set up to retain our position as a highly efficient high capacity route,” says Chief Executive Officer Henrik Rørbæk, HH Ferries Group. “From an environmental point, we invest responsibly in tomorrow’s technology solutions leading towards a greener future.”
PBES energy storage systems are designed to power hybrid and full electric commercial marine applications. These energy storage systems are used in ferries, offshore supply vessels, wind farm support vessels, tugboats, port equipment and yachts.
“PBES was formed to fill a gap in the industrial energy storage market. The founders of this company are recognized leaders in the industry and have earned their reputations for quality, safety and service,” continued Perry. “We are now, and always will be completely focussed on safety, performance and value for our customers.”
PBES designs and manufactures high power industrial lithium-‐ion energy storage. Comprised of the most experienced team in the sector, PBES is focused on providing value and safety for industrial, marine and grid energy storage applications. www.pbes.com.
About HH Ferries’ Scandlines Helsingborg-‐Helsingör Route
Scandlines Helsingborg-‐Helsingör is an efficient ferry route, transporting up to 50,000 passengers and 9,000 cars across Öresund on a daily basis with departures every fifteen minutes. The four modern vessels on the route offer travellers a short travel time of 20 minutes.
In 2015, Scandlines Helsingborg-‐Helsingör transported 7.4 million passengers and 1.4 million cars, 390,000 trucks and 20,000 buses, corresponding to around 20% of the vehicles crossing Öresund. The route promotes integration and growth in the Öresund region, and is operated by 750 employees and it operates on a daily basis to ensure an efficient connection between Denmark and Sweden.
ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people. www.abb.com
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