Electric ferries - why not?

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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Scally » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:35 pm

Orkney is putting in at least one hydrogen fuel cell powered ferry, but I don't have all the details yet.
"Tidal power devices located at the European Marine Energy Centre test site at the Fall of Warness, in the sea just west of the island of Eday, and the Eday Renewable Energy community-owned onshore wind turbine, will combine their surplus electricity (hence Surf 'n' Turf) and route it to a 500kW electrolyser, which generates hydrogen by splitting water.

The hydrogen is stored as compressed gas then transported on a trailer by road and sea to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. There it powers a fuel cell to generate clean electricity on demand."
http://www.surfnturf.org.uk/

"Wednesday September 27th saw the Surf ’n’ Turf project unveiled to the public and to over 75 invited guests at a launch event in Kirkwall.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP – the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy – cut a ribbon at the new hydrogen compound on Kirkwall Pier. That marked the start of a day of thank you celebrations."

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... UbMp7C4Y04
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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Scally » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:39 am

You do not get headlines if you shilly-shally around with questions like: "Please, Sir, can I have some more gruel' , you have to push for real change:
http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/ ... -1-4587134
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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Neil » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:24 pm

Check out the Fully Charged video from Orkney, the three 25kW fuel cells on Kirkwall Pier provide shore power to the berthed ferries overnight.
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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Scally » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:28 am

https://www.facebook.com/cnbctv18india/ ... 431381682/
India's first-ever solar-powered ferry, sailing across Kerala backwaters: the first of many.
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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Somewhatfoolish » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:13 pm

Local to me there's a ferry lobbying group been set up due to the shonky service provided by the current contractor; one thing that needs looking at is longterm improvements in efficiency and reducing emissions, unsuited 30 year old vessels with diesels is where the service was 40 years ago. Is there any grant funding available for this kind of thing? The government certainly seem to be operating an open chequebook policy as far as CalMac and hybrid ferries are concerned.

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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby noahs-dad » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:52 am

I'd be quite happy to see Electric ferries and more, including brand new ferry routes across Scotland's various waters.

But I can't really get into the idea too much right now, or excited about it when the Elec car thing needs so much attention and investment. Seems a bit of running before we are walking too me. Lets get that car thing sorted out first and put all our much needed attention and resources into that?

We haven't even done much with Electric buses yet! Is still a relatively low volume of electric buses on the road. It all sounds like a matter for the EFAS.

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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby noahs-dad » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:44 pm

http://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/ ... 8-66666121

world’s first renewables-powered ferry to be built in Scotland

Bit of an inaccurate and misleading statement, the "world's first" really (never mind!), poor reporting aside it is positive news and might interest Scally :)

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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Scally » Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:23 am

I think Norway might be a bit ahead, but it is all good.
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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Buzby » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:47 pm

Just been on the toddler ferry from Mallaig to Armadale (the last Skye ferry?). I would have thought this route would have been ideal for electrification IF the turn-round time was lengthened a little to bermit recharging!
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Re: Electric ferries - why not?

Postby Scally » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:23 pm

Many - possibly most - Scottish ferries are short hops in fairly sheltered waters: I can think of dozens like that that would be perfect for plug in electric.
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