Maersk will trial the world’s first full-scale offshore charging station for hybrid-electric vessels at one of Ørsted‘s offshore wind farms.
The first charging buoy will supply overnight power to one of Ørsted’s service operation vessels (SOVs).
The demonstration of the technology is slated for the third quarter of 2022.
Ørsted will be responsible for the grid integration of the charging buoy and it intends to make publicly available any intellectual property generated during the design of the buoy’s integration into the offshore wind asset.
The news follows the launch of Maersk Supply Service’s offshore vessel recharging venture, Stillstrom, aimed at supporting the decarbonisation of the maritime industry by eliminating idle emissions.
Stillstrom aims to deliver offshore electric charging solutions to vessels at ports, hubs and offshore energy operations.
By substituting fossil-based fuels with green electricity, virtually all emissions and noise pollution are eliminated while the buoy is in use.
Steen Karstensen, CEO of Maersk Supply Service, said: “Stillstrom is part of our commitment to solving the energy challenges of tomorrow. By investing in this ocean cleantech space at an early stage, we can help lead the green transition of the maritime industry.
“Stillstrom has been developed within Maersk Supply Service and the timing is right to create a venture that will be focused on delivering offshore charging solutions.”
Image credit: Maersk Supply Service
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