Helios Nordic Energy enters battery market through approved funding from the Swedish Energy Agency

Helios Nordic Energy together with partners Gotland Tech Development, a subsidiary of shipping company Rederi AB Gotland, METS Technology AB and ABB AB, has been granted financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency via the Energy Pilot Gotland programme to investigate how Destination Gotland’s two LNG/LBG vessels could receive increased electrification.
In August, Gotland Tech Development, together with Helios Nordic Energy, METS Technology AB and ABB AB, applied for funding from the Swedish Energy Agency and the project has now been approved. The project will kick off immediately and work until the end of 2022 to analyse how the support systems on the LNG/LBG ferries that operate the Visby ferry route can be electrified.
“Electrifying large fast ships is a great challenge in itself due to the very large capacity requirements. But in this case, we are also dealing with the heavily constrained grid on Gotland. We’re now putting all hands on deck to assist Gotland Tech Development to see how our utility scale solar parks and batteries combined can loosen the biggest knots on the transmission lines and contribute in the best way possible, says Helios’ Project Manager Magnus Rahm”
The onboard ferry generators could be replaced by rechargeable batteries, thereby turning the ships into plug-in hybrids. The increased penetration of electric cars will also require charging during transit. This requires additional battery capacity and will also be included in the study.
“An important step towards both fossil- and emission-free maritime transport is to start electrifying parts of the existing ferries’ energy systems. We are therefore incredibly pleased that we have now, together with our partners, been supported by the Swedish Energy Agency for this important project,” says Christer Bruzelius, Project Manager at Gotland Tech Development.”
Helios’ role in the project will be to investigate where battery storage facilities are best located. Helios will also work on sizing of the systems, how they are controlled, and how to maximize investment synergy effects with solar farms under development. The ship traffic increases drastically during the summer when solar parks produce significant amounts of electricity. The project will aim to decrease the ferries’ carbon emissions by 10% through the electrification of support systems and use of solar energy.