Danfoss Drives recently hosted a visit to its Graasten factory by Jenny Braat, CEO of the Danish Maritime business association, which represents Danish manufacturers of maritime equipment and vessels.
Danfoss regards this dialogue as more relevant than ever, as it expands its support to marine decarbonisation at an accelerating rate.
Braat said: ”Today, emissions from Danish ferries amount to a total of 200,000t of CO2 annually: the distribution is 80,000 t/yr emission from smaller ferries and 140,000 t/yr for Kattegat ferries. By converting to electric propulsion, a potential 30,000 t/yr reduction in CO2 emissions is possible, and other technologies can help to reduce CO2 emission even further. Globally, the ferry industry comprises 7,200 vessels with an average age of 30 years. With this ageing fleet, we can predict a massive ferry replacement process ahead, in fact it’s already begun. We can expect an increase in new contracts every year from 2025 onwards.”
During her factory visit to Danfoss Drives Graasten, Braat met with engineers and viewed the new automated factory facilities. Danfoss Drives is partnering with customers to provide intelligent and efficient power conversion solutions for zero-emission propulsion. These solutions empower electric vessels to achieve high performance and reliability, both onboard in the machine room propulsion system and onshore in rapid vessel charging. Ports can furthermore benefit from power converters from Danfoss Drives to power shore supply systems servicing berthed vessels.