EST-Floattech, a renowned provider of maritime energy storage solutions, celebrates the successful deployment and activation of the Octopus Series battery system aboard the SFK Ferry Laboe. This milestone marks a significant stride towards reducing carbon emissions in the maritime sector.
The SFK Ferry Laboe, recently handed over to Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) by Holland Shipyards Group, represents the sixth installment in a series of seven ferries aimed at curbing CO2 emissions. Equipped with 560 kWh of the Octopus High Energy system, the Laboe exemplifies cutting-edge technology that facilitates seamless transitions between generators and battery power, ensuring optimal energy consumption during voyages.
Notably, the Laboe stands as a beacon of sustainability, capable of emission-free navigation within the city limits of Kiel. Operating as a vital link in the city’s transportation network, the ferry facilitates the eco-friendly transit of pedestrians and cyclists.
The integration of the Octopus Series battery system underscores a collaborative effort between EST-Floattech and Holland Ship Electric, further solidifying their longstanding partnership. Leveraging state-of-the-art energy management technology, the system enhances operational efficiency, thereby reducing fuel consumption and operational costs while minimizing environmental impact.
Malte Klein, representing Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel, expressed “When the new Octopus High Energy System was presented to us for the first time, we were impressed by the overhauled design and HMI features of the system. Simple integration into the ships networks and better connectivity to the PMS, moreover the new system comes with a higher safety standard. The performance of the system is more than satisfactory. The SFK is also informed that the system is capable to handle different kind of batteries types so it future proof.”
Rens Gerritsen, Project Manager at Holland Shipyards Group, commented “The new Octopus High Energy EST battery system has been successfully integrated into both the hybrid ferry Laboe and the fully battery-powered ferry Dietrichsdorf. The inclusion of state-of-the-art battery racks and covers enhances the overall professional aesthetics of the system. Throughout the construction process, EST-Floattech maintained an open dialogue for feedback and suggestions from the shipyard and installer, resulting in a seamless integration of the battery pack into both vessels.”
John van der Sluis, director at Holland Ship Electric, commented “We have done many projects with EST-Floattech, and this was the first with their new Octopus Series energy storage solution, which has improved in many ways and was easily integrated into our power system. We look forward to many more successful collaborations in the future.”
Walter van der Pennen, Commercial Director at EST-Floattech, expressed “We are proud to be part of this transformative project that supports the goals of different parties involved in this project to create a more sustainable maritime industry and help lower the emissions in and around Kiel thanks to the Octopus Series battery system.”
The successful deployment of the Octopus Series battery system underscores a collective commitment towards building a cleaner, more sustainable maritime future.