Visedo powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry
Visedo powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry

Visedo powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry

Visedo electric ferry

New Life Size Media client Visedo is powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry – great news for the push to curb greenhouse and diesel emissions in across the marine industry.

The City of Kaohsiung recently re-launched the popular Cijian Island passenger ferry, retrofitted with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engines.

It heralds Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry and, if successful, the local government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbour.

Life Size Media has already helped spread the good news, across marine, shipping and cleantech press. Also the announcement marked the first time the cleantech comms agency had distributed news in the Chinese language (Scroll down for the translation!)

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Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma said of the new ferry:

“Given the geography, ferries are a vital mode of public transport across East and Southeast Asia but they are also the most energy intensive per kilometer travelled. Until now, diesel ferries have been a dirty but necessary part of life around harbours like Kaohsiung.

“In Hong Kong for example, passenger ferries make up the majority of licensed vessels in Victoria Harbour, where it’s estimated air pollution kills about 3,200 people every year.

“Visedo has developed a cost-effective and efficient alternative, so rather than waiting until a vessel’s service life ends, harbour cities can swap noisy, dirty and expensive diesel for silent electric powertrains that are more efficient, can halve fuel costs and emit no fumes or oil pollution.”

Kaohsiung’s new e-ferry, Ferry Happiness, will halve daily fuel consumption while transporting 15,000 passengers every day to Cijian Island, a popular tourist destination in Taiwan, at a top speed of nine knots.

Launching from berth every 15 minutes, the ferry will help share the eight million passengers who travel the 650m route every year. It’s estimated the electric propulsion will save more than 25,000lt of fuel every year.

Visedo modernised the 100-tonne, 23m-long vessel with an electric system to replace the original 300HP diesel engines. The powertrain was designed to ensure pure electric cruising for half the ferry’s operation time and, with fast shore charging, this pure electric percentage can be higher.

Visedo worked alongside Taiwan’s Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center, also known as SOIC, to complete the modernisation. Head of SOIC’s System Development ChihHung Lin said:

“Like many East Asian harbour cities, in Kaoshiung ferries play a key role for everyday public transport, often playing the role that buses do elsewhere.

“Taiwan’s ‘Harbour Capital’ has long suffered from air pollution and only a few years ago the average person was consuming double the national Taiwan average of carbon dioxide.

“In response the Kaoshiung City Government is committed to cleaning up its fleet and is currently considering the possibility of replacing all 11 of its vessels with this new type of e-ferry. This also includes embarking on a hybrid tug-boat project.”

 

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新型混合动力电动轮渡在亚洲率先开启海上清洁之旅

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台湾港口城市高雄推出了一种新型混合动力电动渡轮——这是亚洲首款混合动力电动渡轮,能够通过遏制温室气体和柴油机废气排放而彻底改变该地区的海上客运。

高雄最近重新推出了广受欢迎的旗津岛客轮,由Visedo电力推进系统替代原来的柴油引擎改装而成。这是亚洲首款混合动力电动渡轮,如果取得成功,高雄市政府计划改造其余的柴油船队,以降低这个台湾最大港口的污染水平。

这艘渡轮由芬兰领先的船舶、商用车和重型机械电动传动系统制造商Visedo OY与台湾財團法人船舶暨海洋產業研發中心(也称为SOIC)合作改造。

Visedo的首席执行官Kimmo Rauma称:

“考虑到地理位置,渡轮是东亚和东南亚非常重要的公共交通模式,但其也是每公里旅行能源密集度最高的方式。直到现在,柴油渡轮一直是高雄等港口周围人们生活中的一个污染严重但又不可缺少的部分。

“以香港为例,客运渡轮是维多利亚港的主要持牌船只,而其所造成的空气污染每年估计会使约三千二百人失去生命。

“Visedo已经开发出一种具有成本效益且高效的替代方案,因此与其等到船舶达到使用寿命,港口城市不如用安静的电动动力系统替换高噪音、污染严重且昂贵的柴油机,这种电动动力系统效率更高,燃料成本可以降低一半,而且不会产生烟雾或造成油污染。”

高雄港的新渡轮快乐号每天将以最高达9节的速度全速运行向台湾热门旅游胜地旗津岛运送15,000名乘客,而每日的燃料消耗量仅为之前的一半。

渡轮每15分钟从泊位发出一趟,将帮助分担每年需要搭乘这条650米航线的800万名乘客。据估计,电力推进系统每年节省的燃料将超过25,000升。

在改造这艘100吨、23米长的渡轮时,Visedo采用电动系统替换了原来的300马力柴油机。此动力系统被设计用来确保一半的渡轮运行时间为纯电动巡航,如凭借快速岸电充电,纯电巡航的百分比还可以更高。

SOIC系统开发主管林志宏(ChihHung Lin)称:

“与许多东亚港口城市一样,高雄港渡轮在日常公共交通中起着关键作用,通常扮演公共汽车在其他地方的相同角色。

“台湾的‘港都高雄’ 长期遭受空气污染,仅在几年前,其二氧化碳的平均人口排放量已达台湾平均水平的两倍。

“为了应对这一问题,高雄市政府致力于使其船队采用清洁能源,并正在考虑用这种新型电动渡轮替换所有11艘渡轮的可能性。此外还同時在规画一个混合动力拖船项目。”

 

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