Future of the Fjords meets 2026 emission targets, today

Friday, April 5, 2019

NORWAY: Future of the Fjords represents a new standard of environmentally responsible passenger transport, as the first fully electric carbon fiber vessel in the world.  The development of this electric catamaran minimizes environmental impacts in the Norwegian fjords, while maximizing the experience of natural beauty for the passengers – an essential approach for its route between Flåm and Gudvangen in the pristine Nærøyfjord, part of the UNESCO World Heritage park.

Norwegian fjords enter a zero-emission future

Norwegian fjords enter a zero-emission future

In 2018 the Norwegian parliament passed a resolution to make its iconic fjords a zero-emissions zone as soon as possible and by 2026 at the latest. This defines the deadline for vessel operators in the fjords to eliminate pollution emitted by their ships – a deadline which Future of the Fjords has met with eight years to spare.

Optimizing energy efficiency is a key strategy in ensuring the viability of the vessel and reducing its environmental impact. Therefore, Future of the Fjords uses high tech solutions in a range of disciplines to achieve lowest possible energy consumption. Light carbon sandwich laminates for the hull and superstructures ensure approximately half the weight by comparison with conventional materials.

“Quality suppliers such as Danfoss, Westcon and others give us good working conditions and a nearly maintenance-free ship to operate in this area”

- Lars Haugnes, Chief Engineer, Future of the Fjords

Pure performance

The battery-powered propulsion system eliminates NOx and CO2 emissions, and reduces noise and vibrations. The heart of the vessel is the battery pack which drives the two electric motors. When charged, the vessel can run for more than two hours at a speed of 11 knots. No aspect of performance optimization is left to chance. Danfoss solutions are integrated into systems throughout the vessel, working constantly behind the scenes to control, regulate and optimize performance. They ensure reliable operation to reduce maintenance to an absolute minimum.

Lightweight power conversion delivers full thrust

The power system designed by systems integrator Westcon is 2 tons lighter in weight than the next best alternative, which lowers the propulsion power required. This huge benefit for efficiency was only possible due to the freedom of design Danfoss VACON® drives offer, explains Frode Skaar, Business Development Manager at Westcon:

“Thanks to the versatility of Danfoss AC drives which are fully compatible with many alternative technologies, we were able to design both the power system and the shore supply in a very agile manner. Compared to our closest competitor, we could find other types of equipment doing the same job which was 2 tons lighter, required fewer components, and ensured lower power losses, resulting in a better system”

The VACON® drives also enabled Westcon to overcome challenges in heat management of the power conversion systems, resulting from versatile components and a problem-solving process where shipbuilder and owner worked positively and flexibly together throughout.

Fossil-free propulsion

The main propulsion, bow thrusters and stern thrusters are equipped with VACON® drives to control speed and optimize power consumption and maneuverability. These drives also ensure safe and high efficiency power conversion from the battery pack.

World’s first floating power dock

The local mains grid does not have sufficient capacity to charge Future of The Fjords directly. Instead, the vessel recharges its battery at the PowerDock, a floating fiberglass dock with 2.4 MWh charging capacity: 1.2 MWh sourced from a battery pack and 1.2 MWh from the grid. Power Dock charges steadily throughout the day, powered by the local mains grid. Recharging the vessel takes just 20 minutes, during which the dock delivers about 800 kWh of power.

PowerDock also takes care of grey and black water from Future of the Fjords, ensuring no pollution by sewage discharge into the fjords.

Learn about the drives, sensors and switches onboard

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