Thursday, November 14, 2019

Emobility News

Concept illustration of a push boat powered by fuel cell system (Image: ABB)

World-First: Hydrogen-powered Push Boat

A new vessel being built to operate along the Rhône river in France will be the world's first push boat to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells.The newbuild for the France-based Sogestran Group subsidiary Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT) is due for delivery in 2021 and will feature a fuel cell based power and propulsion solution from ABB through its role in FLAGSHIPS, the EU-funded initiative to deploy commercially operated zero-emission vessels for inland and short sea operations.

Image Credit: Maid of the Mist Corp.

All-Electric: ABB Powers Niagara Tourist Boats

Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist orders two new passenger vessels sailing on pure electric power, enabled by ABB’s technologyVisitors to the iconic Niagara Falls will soon be able to experience one of the USA’s top landmarks emission-free. Two new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity battery packs, becoming the first all-electric vessels ever built in the US.The new vessels will benefit from ABB’s zero-emission technology when they start operating later this year…

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Hydrogen on the High Seas

George Skinner, a safety expert with Ballard Power Systems, based in Vancouver, Canada, discusses why hydrogen makes sense as a marine fuel.As a global provider of innovative clean energy solutions, Ballard Power Systems has years of experience in the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell systems for land-based use, with the first developments dating back to 1983. Ballard’s work with marine hydrogen as a fuel goes back to their role as advisors to the Canadian military.“The Canadian Navy has had fuel cells in their submarines since 1993,” George Skinner says.

Photo courtesy of ABB

MOU to Develop Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Power Plant

ABB and Ballard Power Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility.The fuel cell power system, to be jointly designed, developed and validated by ABB and Ballard Power Systems, is anticipated to play a significant part in accelerating the industry-wide adoption of sustainable solutions for marine e-mobility, and help ship-owners meet the increasing demands for clean operations.ABB…

Ulrich Spiesshofer (Photo: ABB)

ABB Reorganizes in Digital Push

ABB has launched Stage 3 of its so-called “Next Level” strategy which aims to drive company-wide growth via four entrepreneurial divisions, while realizing the group’s full digital potential and improving operational efficiencies. “Over the last two years, ABB has become faster, leaner and more efficient. We have continuously improved margins and further strengthened our cash generation,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. Effective January 1, 2017, ABB will shape its divisional structure into four divisions: Electrification Products…

Becker Performance Package, consisting of Becker Mewis Duct Twisted with Becker Twist Rudder (Image: Becker Marine Systems)

New Rudders for the World’s Largest Box Ships

Despite the continuing global shipping crisis, Becker Marine Systems, producer of high-performance rudders and energy-saving solutions in the field of maneuvering technology, said it is appearing at SMM 2016 with a good order situation, announcing it has secured an order to equip some of the largest containerships in the world. The world’s largest containerships are continuing to operate using full spade rudders from Becker Marine Systems. “The Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding shipyard in China has ordered our Becker Twist Rudder with a rudder surface of 100 square meters for six 21…