ABOUT THE PROJECT
Eco-friendly ferries on
Helsingborg - Helsingör
You can now sail across the Sound on pure battery power. We are rebuilding two ferries,
the Tycho Brahe and the Aurora, for battery operation to make for a cleaner and more peaceful environment.
The Worlds’ first battery-powered ferries on a high intensity route
We only have one planet, and protecting it is everybody’s shared responsibility. For ferry operators like us, that means actively working to safeguard the marine environment. With this important objective in mind, we have converted two large ferries to battery power.
Operating between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingör in Denmark, the ferries are powered by CO2 neutral energy, which enables a 50% reduction in overall emissions. While our sailing schedule is unchanged as we continue to welcome passengers on board our popular ferries every 15 minutes, our passengers are now also joining us on the journey towards a greener ferry service.
The same power as 70 electric cars
It takes more than a pair of AA batteries to operate 8414 tonnes of ferry across the Sound. 640 batteries of 6.5 kWh are installed on top of each ferry along with two deckhouses for transformers, converters and cooling of the batteries. Cables run from the deckhouses to connecting points at each end of the ship, so that the batteries can be quick-charged – to provide the power of 70 electric cars.
Automatic charging in port
A fully automatic laser-guided robotic arm connects the batteries to the grid every time the ferries are in port. It typically takes only 5-9 minutes each time, so no time is wasted.
The robotic arms
The robotic arms and related technology are mounted at the docks in Helsingborg and Helsingør in towers more than 10 meters high, providing shelter from wind and weather between charging of the ferries’ batteries. Towers, technology and robotic arms are manufactured by ABB, which is HH Ferries Group’s main supplier in connection with the battery project.
Less smoke and noise on the Sound
We have always taken pride in actively protecting the environment and we lived up to the 2015 emission regulations already in 2007. With battery-powered ferries we take the next important step towards greener ferry services. We reduce overall emissions by more than 50%, making the two ferries both noise and smoke free. It's good for the environment and a fine business for us.
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Tycho Brahe on TV
On Monday 28 May, Danish national broadcaster DR airs the television programme Coast to coast, which crosses Öresund on battery power. The host, Christian Degn, embarks on Tycho Brahe where Captain Jørgen Damgaard Hansen, HH Ferries Group, explains the battery project.
HH Ferries Group wins the prestigious Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award 2017
HH Ferries Group has received the prestigious Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award 2017 at the 8th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in Berlin on 14 June 2017.
Sysla Grønn labels Tycho Brahe and Aurora the world’s largest battery ferries
On May 4th, Norwegian media Sysla Grønn reported that the conversion of Tycho Brahe and Aurora creates the largest battery ferries in the world with passenger capacity of 1,100 and 1,250, respectively.
HH Ferries Group has docked Tycho Brahe for completion of battery conversion
Tycho Brahe has docked at the shipyard in Landskrona for completion of the remaining conversion and installation works to ensure that the ferry can be recommissioned as a fully battery-operated vessel on the Helsingborg-Helsingör route by the end of June.
The big picture
Tycho Brahe has been in partly battery and hybrid operation since 7 July 2017.
The charging installations at shore require further adjustments to ensure full operational stability.
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