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MN 100 Market Leaders
Power & Propulsion
Marine asthehy as the hybrid-electric propulsion and energy storage system provider for the newest additions to the Washington State
Ferry ? eet, setting the largest U.S. ferry system on course
ABB is a technology leader that is driving the digital for zero-emission operations. ABB is driving toward the transformation of industries, operating in more than 100 next generation of ships, which it believes will be electric, countries with about 144,000 employees. The company digital and connected, as the industry moves toward new has provided electric and hybrid systems on board vessels energy sources and autonomous ship operations. And this for more than 110 years. In fact, today, well over 1,300 future is slowly becoming a reality in the United States.
ships employ ABB’s electric system. In the shallow draft segment, ABB offers electrical, hybrid, propulsion and au-
BAE Systems tomation solutions for vessels such as towboats, dredges, tugs, marine construction and ferries.
More than 20 years ago, BAE Systems set forth on a
In 2019, Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist decided to replace its ? eet with two new ferries. It selected mission to help its customers get to zero emissions. Fast
ABB Marine & Ports to provide zero-emission technology, forward to today, and the ? rm ranks among leaders in low- making Maid of the Mist the very ? rst fully electric ferry and zero-emission solutions for vehicles, vessels and ports.
The need for electric vehicles is picking up speed. Trans- ever built in the U.S. Each of the vessels will be powered by a pair of battery packs with a total capacity of 316kWh, portation accounts for a quarter of the world’s harmful air split evenly between two catamaran hulls. The ferries will emissions, and that percentage is growing. This has cities charge between every trip while passengers disembark and around the world jumping into the fast lane to acquire board the vessels. Shoreside charging will only take seven electric vehicles for land, water and air applications. Even with the demand, in many cases it takes time to get them minutes, allowing the batteries to power the electric pro- into service due to the infrastructure needs and technical pulsion motors capable of a total 400kW (563 HP) output.
challenges. As a pioneer in electric propulsion with over
Following the Maid of the Mist project, ABB was se- lected by American shipbuilding company Vigor Fab LLC 20 years of experience and 12,000 systems in operation
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