Conversion will create world's largest emission-free ferries

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DECEMBER 6, 2016 — ABB's electrification of two 238 m ferries for Sweden's HH Ferries Group is moving ahead.

HH Ferries, which operates the ferry route between Helsingborg (Denmark)and Helsingör (Sweden), has selected Öresund Dry Docks as the shipyard for the project, which will convert the M/F Tycho Brahe and M/F Aurora into the world's largest emissions-free ferries.

The vessels will both be fitted with 4.16 MW of batteries and the containers with the battery racks will be lifted on board in February 2017.

The drydocking of the first vessel, Tycho Brahe, will begin in April and, when work is completed, it will start operating as a fully electric ferry immediately . Aurora will undergo the same process in October 2017.

This project also includes the installation of four fully automated shore-side charging arms and these are currently under construction in ABB's factories.

Civil engineering work will be completed at the quayside in Helsingör and Helsingborg in the beginning of next year.

Marcus Högblom, ABB's Vice President of Global Sales, Passenger vessels and Azipod propulsion said, "We have a strong commitment to our customer HH Ferries and we need the best partners to work with us. We have experience of working with our selected suppliers and we are confident that their competence and high technical standards will meet ABB´s and HH Ferries´ requirements for this project."

Henrik Rørbæk, CEO of HH Ferries AB, said, "Our conversion of the Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries to battery operation is an essential part of our environmental strategy to reduce emissions and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations on Öresund. We are proud of the initiative, which is the largest single project investment in the company's history. When the two ferries will sail on pure electric power before the end of 2017 it will be to the benefit our many passengers and the local environment."

ABB's delivery for modernizing the ferries includes batteries, an energy storage control system and Onboard DC Grid technology.

At both ends of the route ABB will supply the first automated shore-side charging stations to use an ABB industrial robot to optimize the connection time and therefore maximize the charging period.

The two ferries will operate completely on battery power between Helsingør and Helsingborg, a distance of approximately 4 km. carrying more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually. The new battery solution will help lower total emissions across the fleet by more than 50 percent from the current diesel operated vessels. The combined battery power of 8,320 kWh for the two ferries is the equivalent of 10,700 car batteries.

The SEK 300 million investment is co-financed with SEK 120 by INEA, the EU's executive agency for innovation and network

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