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

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

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

ENVIRONMENT

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.

NEWS

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Tycho Brahe on TV

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.

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The inauguration of Tycho Brahe as battery-driven ferry on Helsingborg-Helsingör is cancelled

The inauguration of Tycho Brahe as battery-driven ferry on Helsingborg-Helsingör is cancelled

Due to technical problems, the commissioning of Tycho Brahe as the world’s largest battery-driven ferry on the Helsingborg-Helsingör route has been delayed.

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HH Ferries Group wins the prestigious Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award 2017

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.

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The Danish Energy Association highlights conversion project

The Danish Energy Association highlights conversion project

The non-commercial lobby organisation Danish Energy Association highlights HH Ferries Group's efforts to reduce its environmental footprint in a video and article about the conversion project (Danish).

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Sysla Grønn labels Tycho Brahe and Aurora the world’s largest battery ferries

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.

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TIMELINE

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.

CONTACT

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If you have questions about the project, please feel free to write to us using the form below. We are looking forward to hear from you!

Press enquiries

Press enquiries can be addressed to COO Jens Ole Hansen on +46 (0) 42 18 60 00 or by mail.

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