Polarkunsult Ferry

A new ferry will replace the 1992-built MF Herjólfur to the Westmann Islands and will be in line with Iceland’s incentives to promote electric modes of transportation.

With 80 percent of Iceland’s energy coming from non-fossil resources, led by hydropower and geothermal energy, the newly built vessel will be well positioned to support Iceland’s sustainability goals.

An innovative design 70m-ferry, with a capacity of 550 passengers and 75 cars, is designed by Polarkonsult to feature ABB’s ‘electric solutions’ and is due for delivery from the Crist SA shipyard in 2019. The vessel will feature a large battery pack (3,000kWh) and is designed to operate in a fully electric mode for most of time, with onshore charging in both harbours. During particularly challenging weather conditions, when the consumption of battery power may exceed the available energy, the ferry will utilise its diesel-electric generator sets.

The vessel, to meet design constraints that initially seem in confl ict, is optimised for cleaner operation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, whilst power is suffi cient to navigate some very hazardous waters safely,” said the Director of Maritime Division, Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration.

ABB’s power distribution system Onboard DC GridTM will ensure the high effi iency of the new ferry by allowing the batteries to connect directly to the DC link, which helps avoids losses of power during charging and discharging. Additionally, the system can allow for variable speed operation of the diesel engines, which results in reduced fuel consumption.

The scope of ABB supply also includes generators, transformers, switchboards, the Power and Energy Management System (PEMS) and the Energy Storage Control System (ESCS). The ferry will be connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Centers Infrastructure. This network uses remote equipment monitoring and data analytics to enable remote technical support, as well as predictive maintenance and planned interventions.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - April 2019 Issue
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