Industrial battery manufacturer Saft has received an order from Swedish ferry operator Ballerina for lithium-ion battery systems that will power a new electric ferry for the city of Stockholm.
When it starts operation in September, Ballerina’s ferry will carry foot passengers and cyclists between 10 stops on a 50-minute route of Stockholm’s waterways. The batteries will be fully charged overnight, with two partial charging sessions during the course of the day.
Saft will supply marine battery systems with a total energy storage capacity of 500 kWh, at 650 V. The Li-ion cells will be manufactured at Saft’s facility at Nersac, and the energy storage systems units will be delivered in May.
Saft has considerable experience of supplying Li-ion battery systems to the marine sector. In 2013, the company supplied batteries for two new hybrid battery/diesel ferryboats for the city of Bordeaux, and a battery-powered shuttle boat in Paris.
Christer Steen, Saft’s Sales Manager for the Nordic countries, said, “Saft is a pioneer in electrically powered vessels, which are growing in popularity and offer the promise of low operating costs, quiet operation and reduced emissions. Saft sees significant potential in this market.”