Volvo Penta, ABB and Chalmers University of Technology have initiated a collaboration on possible solutions for fast charging of electrified passenger vehicles in a marine environment.
A feasibility study will assess if similar technology used for fast charging of electric buses also could be adapted for charging of electric vessels. The one-year project will be partly funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.
“While all-electric boating remains in its infancy, for this exciting new transport system to be a success and grow, a network of fast charging stations needs to be developed,” says Niklas Thulin, Director of Electromobility, Volvo Penta.
Upon completion of the feasibility study, it is envisaged that the fast charging technology will be incorporated into Gothenburg’s Marine Demo Arena and become part of the ElectriCity public transport network.
“Chalmers has a strong background in electric power engineering, and is already involved in the development of different charging technologies for land vehicles, together with our industrial partners,” says Yujing Liu, professor and head of the unit Electrical Machines and Power Electronics at Chalmers. “In this collaboration project, we will review all feasible solutions and identify the technology path towards the first installation of marine applications in the ElectriCity demo arena and future scale-up. The potential to utilize emerging technologies such as automatic docking and wireless power transfer will be investigated.”