Shift’s Energy Storage System (ESS) technology is expected to reduce operational costs by 20-30 percent
Renewable energy provider, Shift Clean Energy announced that it has partnered with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) to power its first ever fully electric ferry. The zero-emission vessel is designed by GRSE and utilizes Shift’s leading-edge energy storage system (ESS) technology. The ferry’s development will be shared across Technology Ventures Middle East (TV-ME) and Marine Electricals Ltd., both of which will manage the electrical integration of the vessel.
The inland waterway passenger vessel, New Generation Electric Ferry, has been commissioned by the Government of West Bengal’s Department of Transport as part of the government’s strategic mission to decarbonize its marine industry. It is the first fully electric ferry developed by GRSE and the second electric ferry to operate in India. This project is set to streamline the transportation of passengers along central waterways and is designed to take 150 passengers and will make an average of 40 trips daily across the busy route.
Brent Perry, CEO of Shift Clean Energy said: “India’s inland waterways provide hugely valuable routes for both passengers and trade. Decarbonizing the vessels operating on them isn’t only necessary for their survival, but it’s an imperative step to helping them thrive. This fully electric vessel is a milestone moment for the country’s emissions reduction efforts – and we’re thrilled to play a crucial role.”
Mr. Venkatesh Uchil, Managing Director at Marine Electricals said: “We are thrilled to work with Shift, GRSE, and TV-ME on the New Generation Electric Ferry. When it comes to climate change, the clock is ticking. Every electrified vessel is a step towards a better future for the planet and people. We are honoured to be a part of this project and look forward to many more.”
The fixed installation of Shift’s ESS technology is expected to reduce operational costs by 20-30 percent compared to a traditional diesel-fuelled ship. The ferry will be designed with twin screw propellers and a Catamaran Aluminium hull which will improve manoeuvrability and accelerate speed capabilities by up to 10 knots. In addition to Shift’s fixed ESS installation, solar panels will be included as an additional source of renewable energy. The ferry is due to be delivered in Calcutta at the end of May 2023.
Ratheesh TS, Lead Electrical and Automation Engineer at TV-ME said: “Collaboration is key to true progress and we are honoured to have worked closely with Shift, GRSE, and Marine Electrical to bring this extraordinary project to fruition. Powered entirely by renewable energy, this ferry is going to revolutionize passenger transportation and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
This project is also an impactful milestone and partnership for Shift and demonstrates the green-tech leader’s tremendous growth over the past several years. It marks a significant step towards the decarbonization of the marine industry in India and beyond.