ABB AS recently awarded Zinus a contract for the delivery of 20 SWC100 charging connections. These will be installed on 10 new all-electric passenger ferries entering service on the Tagus River in Lisbon. The ferries are built by the Astillero Gondán shipyard for the ferry company Transtejo S.A., and ABB has been selected as the total integrator of electric power supply and the vessel and propulsion automation for the ferries.
New country on the reference list
“We are both proud and happy that ABB has chosen Zinus as supplier of the charging connections for this large-scale electrification of an important part of Lisbon’s infrastructure. With two fully automatic SWC100 charging connections on each vessel, the ferries are ensured fast and smooth connection to the charging stations on land and efficient charging of the batteries on board. This is important to ensure the regularity of the routes over this busy waterway,” says Ronny Olson, Sales Manager at Zinus.
SWC100 is the unit on board that automatically receives the charging plug from land and connects charging power to the batteries while the vessel lies docked. When the ferry departs, the charging plug is released and hoisted back into the charging tower – ready for the next charging. The automatic connection and disconnection only take 20 seconds, ensuring the longest possible charging time.
Zinus will deliver its charging connections to the yard from the fourth quarter of 2021 onwards into 2023. The ferry crossings will also need charging towers on land, and Zinus will also compete to win these orders.
“This is our largest single order to date for this product, and we can also note another country on our global reference list. The fact that such a large and recognized supplier like ABB chooses our solution is also an important recognition of Zinus’ technology, which we hope and believe will give us even more opportunities both nationally and internationally in the years to come,” says Endre Eidsvik, CEO of Zinus.
Investing in emission-free public transport solutions
The 40-meter-long passenger ferries will have a capacity of up to 540 passengers each, servicing three important routes that connect Lisbon to Cacilhas, Seixal and Montijo on the south bank of the Tagus River. The three crossings transport a total of around 19 million passengers annually. The ferries will have a service speed of 16 knots, a maximum speed of 17 knots and will enter service in the years 2022-2024.
The newbuilds are part of Lisbon’s efforts to accelerate the introduction of emission-free public transport solutions. Increased electrification of the transport sector, including transport on the country’s inland waterways, will play a key role in Portugal’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
ABB estimates that by replacing the ten diesel ferries currently operating on Tagus with all-electric ferries, an annual emission reduction of around 6,500 tonnes of CO2 can be expected. This is equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions generated by around 1,400 passenger cars. The all-electric ferry project thus represents a significant contribution to sustainable shipping and passenger transport in Lisbon.