Ferry services face significant challenges with increasing energy prices and new regulations
Therefore, the E-ferry innovation project is a ground-breaking EU supported solution that demonstrates great potential of fully electric ferries that sail without polluting.
The E-ferry aims to support and promote energy efficient, zero emissions waterborne transportation for island communities, coastal zones and inland waterways in Europe and beyond.
This innovation project needed a big investment. Consequently, Ærø Kommune (Aeroe Counsel) contacted Nordic Innovators to get help with their application for the Horizon 2020 Programme. The E-ferry project received a total funding of € 20,000,000.
The aim of the E-ferry is to sail longer distances than previously seen (> 5 nautical miles (Nm)) for electric drive train ferries, i.e. the medium range connections Soeby-Fynshav (10.7 Nm) and Soeby-Faaborg (9.6 Nm) in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea connecting the island of Aeroe (Ærø) to the mainland.