EU Grants €6.4 M for Battery Power, Scrubber Project

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Wednesday December 18, 2013

The European Union (EU) says it is providing more than €6.4 million ($8.8 million) for a pilot program that provide two ro-ro/pax vessels with hybrid battery propulsion and wet scrubbers to reduce bunker consumption and emissions.

The funding, from the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T), will also cover the installation of new propellers to promote energy savings.

The project, which has a total budget of €12.9 million ($17.7 million), involves vessels operated by European ferry company Scandlines on the Rødby-Puttgarden route, according to a TEN-T summary of the project.

Earlier this year, Scandlines commissioned the retrofitting of one ferry, the Princess Benedikte, to use what battery-make Corvus Energy called "the world's largest ever hybrid propulsion marine battery pack."

Corvus said the ferry can operate on full electric propulsion while in harbour.