World’s largest E-ferry “Ellen” has completed maiden voyage
In the early morning of August 15, the world’s largest all-electric ferry, named “Ellen”, made its first commercial trip connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav, on the islands of Aerø and Als, in southern Denmark. This innovative E-Ferry is powered by a large-capacity battery system provided by Leclanché SA, the world’s leading energy storage company headquartered in Switzerland. It can carry approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers.
An event was held locally celebrating the first scheduled ferry service. Full operation is expected to begin within a few weeks. This project is a part of a project in Denmark launched in 2015 aiming for providing environmentally friendly transport for local residents. It was funded by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 and Innovation Program.
According to Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, “With its 4.3MWh capacity, the E-ferry ‘Ellen’ represents a new milestone in commercial marine propulsion. Over one year, it will prevent the release of 2000 tonnes of CO2, 42 tonnes of NOX, 2.5 tonnes of particulates and 1.4 tonnes of SO2 into the atmosphere. This demonstrates that we can replace fossil fuel with clean energy and thus contribute to the fight against global warming and pollution for the well-being of our communities.”
The battery system supplied by Leclanché uses high-energy G-NMC lithium-ion cells with excellent safety. It has been designed with unique system that integrates battery and transmission, which enables to offer unparalleled operating efficiency.