EST-Floattech Powers KOTUG’s World First Fully Electric Pusher Boat

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EST-Floattech Powers Kotug Pusher

EST-Floattech is proud to announce that KOTUG International B.V., the leading international towage and maritime company, has chosen EST-Floattech’s containerized energy storage solution with Octopus Series for the E-Pusher 1 (Type M). On board the world’s first fully electric pusher boat is a container with the battery system of EST-Floattech, supporting the vessel’s every energy need.

The E-pusher Type M is an innovative, emission-free pusher that transports cargo on the inland waterways, revolutionizing the way energy is stored and distributed in the maritime industry. The E-Pusher 1 transports cocoa beans for Cargill from the Port of Amsterdam to Zaandam.

EST-Floattech’s team has been working on the custom-built containerized solution with Octopus High Energy modules. Starting out as a sparring partner to define the amount of energy needed for the propulsion and auxiliary systems, to designing the custom-built containerized solution.

The container has been designed and constructed in a little over half a year, thanks to the new production facilities for the Octopus Series. In those months, we have been in close cooperation with KOTUG, Padmos (builder of the E-Pusher commissioned by KOTUG), Sea and Shore, and Gebhard Electro to realize the Octopus Series container which will provide reliable, emission-free power for the E-Pusher, that has been delivered to Cargill. The container is ESTRIN-Certified, testifying to the robustness and safety of this maritime battery system.

This containerized solution provides the energy that allows the E-Pusher to make about three trips from Zaandam to Amsterdam and back, picking up and pushing the cocoa beans to the Cargill facilities. When at the Cargill facilities in Zaandam, the Octopus Series Container will be charged three times per week with green energy.

Our technical engineers specifically designed the battery solution inside this container based on the sailing profile of the E-Pusher for Cargill, creating a container with a capacity of 2MWh. This customized containerized solution and the emission-free sailing of the E-Pusher make a big difference.

Starting with the people who live along the route, they no longer have noise or smell pollution. Emission-free sailing is also important for the scenic environment along the route. For the captain, it offers benefits as well: they no longer sit in the smell, there is no noise pollution from the engine, and it sails smoothly and fast.

“By selecting EST-Floattech’s cutting-edge containerized battery system, KOTUG is proud to lead the maritime industry towards a greener future. The partnership with EST-Floattech signifies our commitment to innovation and sustainability. With the world’s first fully electric pusher boat powered by EST-Floattech’s technology, we are setting a new standard for emission-free maritime transportation. This milestone underscores KOTUG’s dedication to driving positive change in the industry while delivering reliable and efficient solutions to our clients.” Said Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO & President KOTUG.

“We are proud that we have been given the chance to create this containerized energy storage system for KOTUG and contribute to the world’s first emission-free and fully electric pusher tug. We want to thank all our partners for the seamless collaboration and making this truly groundbreaking project possible.” Said Walter van der Pennen, Commercial Director at EST-Floattech.

Octopus Battery Container

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