Shore power for shipping: using flow batteries to reduce emissions

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Shore power for shipping: using flow batteries to reduce emissions

Last year we published the results of the Shore Power for Shipping (SPIDS) project conducted by Marine South East and Swanbarton.  The project was funded from the Department for Transport’s Transport-Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG).

You can read the project summary in the report: Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants (T-TRIG): Project Outcomes (publishing.service.gov.uk) (see page 16).  Our project was one of several funded by T-Trig, and one of only two projects covering shipping.  The maritime industry is a major energy user, and the impacts of using conventional fuels both for shipping and shore power need to be addressed if we are to meet our decarbonisation goals. 

Our work in the marine sector has included a design study of a small ferry powered by a flow battery, with our colleagues at Marine South East, Houlder and Lloyds Register.  We are  installing the Swanbarton® EROS battery controller at  Portsmouth International Port.

If you have an interest in flow battery technology and the electrification of energy storage in the world of shipping email: info@swanbarton.com.