All electric Tesla ships to set sail in 2018: Green Energy
The global thrust on renewable energy is increasing by the day and it is finding application is several diverse fields of transportation, including shipping. This is the general direction of the shift in modes of transportation as they are move towards electric propulsion. Maritime transport too is benefiting from such fuel transformation. Tesla ships are one more addition to the ongoing international movement.
The latest industry being hit by the green energy bug is shipping and freight. Dutch company Port Liner is building 2 big electric barges, which have been dubbed as the ‘Tesla ships.’ The company says that the ships or the vessels basically would be ready by autumn this year. Its inauguration will happen by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands.
This 100 million Euro project is supported by a €7 million subsidy from the European Union. It is anticipated to have a great impact on the local transportation between the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam. Shipping and freight is one of the most widely used mode of transportation, which creates a high quantity of pollution. According to the available figures, some of the world’s biggest cargo ships spew pollution, which is comparable to millions of cars and bikes put all together.
“There are 7,300 inland vessels across Europe, and more than 5000 of them are owned by entrepreneurs in Belgium and Netherlands. We can build upwards of 500 a year but at that rate, it would take 50 years to get the industry operating on green energy,” Ton van Meegen, the Chief Executive of Port Liner, told The Loadstar.
The battery-powered ships have the capability to carry 280 containers. The first six of them are expected to remove 23,000 trucks from roads every year in the Netherlands and thus replace those with zero emission transport. The company Port Liner has been developing its vessels, however, they have developed a battery technology which houses batteries inside a container.
Meegen says that the development may allow the company to retrofit the existing vessels or barges:
‘This allows us to retrofit barges in operation which is big boost for industry’s green energy credentials. The containers are charged on shore by carbon free energy provider Eneco, which sources solar power, windmills, and renewables.’
The first of such ships and vessels would complete the maiden voyage in the later part of this year. Reporting courtesy.