German Consortium Develops World’s First Emission Free Barge

By August 13, 2019 2   min read  (223 words)

August 13, 2019 |

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Construction of world’s first emission-free barge, named ELEKTRA, is  very near

This pioneering project, known as RiverCell/ELEKTRA, is led by engineer Gerd Holbach, Professor at Berlin’s technical university. It uses a hybrid drive system, a combination of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells.

Elektra Barge MainThe barge is being developed in close collaboration with the users and sponsors, the logistical service providers BEHALA and Imperial.

The ELEKTRA is to be used primarily in the transport of goods on the Berlin-Hamburg and inner-city transport routes in Berlin. It’s most important transportation tasks will be of Siemens turbines which have to be shipped from the production site in the center of Berlin to the Western Harbor or to Hamburg.

It is a groundbreaking development and example in this industry, showing local zero-emission transport in metropolitan areas is possible today – especially due to increasing battery performance. The ELEKTRA,  almost 20m long and 8.20m width, is designed with a battery room of 1.4m x 6m x 7m in which our modular GO1050 batteries are being installed (2507 kWh capacity).

We are proud partner and supplier of this prestigious German and wish all parties involved all the best in the next construction phase.

For questions related to this project, you can reach out to our German Account Manager Kilian Hoffman, responsible for this project; [email protected].



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