Islands have been stuck between a rock and a hard place regarding transit. On the one hand, they require vessels for transport and trading; on the other, modern boats and ferries running on diesel fuel pollute the air and water of the very islands they serve. Environmental concerns have finally gone mainstream. Industry and government have joined forces using carbon-reduced regulations and an expanding range of cleaner energy alternatives.
Meet Ellen, a 100% electric ferry powered by the world’s largest electric ferry engine and battery storage system. This vessel represents a breakthrough in clean maritime transport. Ellen was conceived as part of the Danish Natura project. Its purpose is to provide green transport for local residents and was partially funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program. She weighs a hefty 747 tons and replaces a diesel ferry connecting the Danish islands of Als and Aero. Since entering commercial operation on August 15, 2019 through April 15, 2020, Ellen has completed 880 “silent” trips at 22 nautical miles for a total of 19,369 nm.
Her impressive stats include:
- 4.3MWh Leclanché battery energy storage system (similar to the capacity of 50 Model S Teslas)
- Annual saving of 2,000 tons of CO 2 (compared to diesel)
- Reduction of 42 tons of NOX, 2.5 tons of particulates and 1.4 tons of SO 2 per year
Join a panel of industry and government experts as they discuss the future of clean and quiet maritime transportation including a detailed look at Ellen and the innovations she brings to market and the implications to other forms of seagoing vessels.
As the gender expert, she is also engaged in mainstreaming gender into all the Centre’s work, ensuring that gender and youth responsive programmes and initiatives are implemented, as a critical contribution to the centre’s operations. For more than seven years prior, Charlin worked as an Energy Specialist with the Government of Saint Lucia as a consultant in the area of sustainable energy. A certified project manager, she engaged in energy planning, policy development and the management of public sector renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Further, Charlin is the founder of the Women in Geothermal Energy (WING) Caribbean Chapter, with a goal to influence, diversify and accelerate the development of the resource in the region. She has also served as programme manager for the Women in Renewable Energy Network (WIRE), managed by a collaboration between the Clinton Climate Initiative and Caribbean Electric Utility Services (CARILEC).
Charlin holds a Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree in Energy and Environmental Management from the University of Flensburg, Germany; a post-graduate diploma in Geothermal Project Management and Financing from the United Nations Geothermal Training Programme in Iceland, and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico.
Sustainable Energy Project Development and Gender Expert, Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
He joined Leclanché in October 2018 as vice president of the company’s e-Marine business and part of its eTransport group. He is responsible for the complete direction of the business including product development, sales, engineering and customer support.
Previously, he was regional sales manager of communication systems at Eaton marketing its hazardous area communications portfolio. Prior to joining Eaton, he served as sales manager, offshore production systems for Kongsberg Maritime, delivering marine automation systems to the oil and gas sector.
Jennings spent more than 11 years at ABB Marine, rising in the ranks from senior installation and commissioning service engineer to serving as technical account manager. He began his career serving in the British Royal Navy for 10 years on minesweeping frigates.
Jennings graduated from the Royal Navy School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in marine electrical engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA. Married and the father of three children, Jennings lives in Angus, Scotland.
Vice President, e-Marine, Leclanché
Ærø EnergyLab develops and manages renewable energy projects on the island of Ærø, Denmark. Abrahamsen holds a Master's degree in English and Media and has previously been employed in the Danish state, in the educational sector. However, his deep interest in environmental matters and environmental policy and philosophy led him to Ærø, where he enjoys the opportunity to mediate new environmental technologies and policies.
Information Manager, Ærø EnergyLab
He joined DNV GL Maritime in 2008. Eriksen has worked with electrification of ships since 2011 and has followed up the safety of battery installations onboard many ships. He has also been responsible for developing the DNV GL class rules for battery powered ships.
Eriksen has a Master of Science degree in Electric Power Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Senior Principal Approval Engineer, Electrical Systems, DNV GL Maritime
Leclanché is currently developing the largest solar generation plus energy storage project ever to be built in the Caribbean, a 35.6 MW solar energy plant and 44.2 MWh battery storage facility that will be built on government provided land in the Basseterre Valley, adjacent to the City of Basseterre and the current SKELEC PowerStation on the island of St. Kitts.