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20  Spring 2017 European Energy Innovation


The E-ferry project:
breaking new grounds in
Green Electric Mobility

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL TRENDS AND CHALLENGES                               global warming. The E-ferry project was created to concretely
                                                                      demonstrate the great potential of fully electric ferries and to
One of the major trends, in the world, is to move                     help the emergence of a cost-effective vessel.
                  towards environmental-friendly solutions in as
                  many fields as possible. Ferry services are facing  A GROUNDBREAKING-EU SUPPORTED SOLUTION
                  significant challenges, among which, increasing     Co-funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme, with a total
price of energy, demand for energy-efficient sources and              budget of more than 20m €, the E-ferry aims to support
evolution of the regulation on GES emissions. Recent studies          and promote energy efficient, zero emissions waterborne
indicate that fully electric battery powered ferries provide          transportation for island communities, coastal zones and
the most optimal solution to these challenges. However, at            inland waterways in Europe and beyond.
this stage, introducing these electric ferries involves serious
investment and bares an innovation risk. These downsides              E-Ferry is coordinated by the Danish island municipality,
have often lead to conservative, less environmental-friendly          Ærø, currently operating 3 conventional diesel ferries on 3
solutions that are hybrid ferries, as they are considered more        different routes. The new vessel will be demonstrated in real-
commercially viable. Although it is not often considered,             life conditions on the Soeby-Fynshav (a) and Soeby-Faaborg
this notion of cost-effectiveness should include the cost for         (b) connections in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea. To keep
society of the resort to polluting diesel fuel powered ferries,       investments reasonable and to limit the stress induced by the
leading to important pollution, health induced problems and

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