Sweden is driving its sustainable shipping agenda as a new cooperation agreement between the Swedish Shipowners´ Association, ABB Sweden, ABB Marine, Stena AB, research institute RISE and battery company Northvolt, promises to develop a climate-smart future through the electrification of shipping.
The companies have agreed to use their skills and expertise in electric shipping to develop technologies and strategies for shipping that will lower shipping’s environmental footprint and increase Sweden’s opportunities for exporting green technologies. The collaboration will be known as Electromobility for Shipping.
Pia Berglund, Vice President, Swedish Shipowners´ Association, says: “By working together and using all the knowledge that Sweden possesses, we have a unique opportunity to continue to be world leader in climate smart shipping. Innovative solutions are required to strengthen Swedish competitiveness while promoting sustainable transport. We are therefore very glad that we today take great steps forward in the right direction together by signing a unique Memorandum of Understanding for Electromobility for shipping.”
Stena AB, which recently announced a new battery power project that will see its Stena Jutlandica operate with a battery system from Callenberg Technology Group, has always put sustainability high on its agenda. Dan Sten Olsson, Stena AB CEO says: “We are proud to be part of developing solutions for future transport through this collaboration.”
Modern ships will be built on the foundation of electricity, believes Marcus Högblom, Head of the Passenger, Ice & Dry Cargo segment, ABB Marine & Ports. He says that this will enable them to expand their range of viable energy sources beyond traditional fuel, such as to batteries and fuel cells. These ships will have an electrical backbone but will be integrated with automation and control systems to “transform the industry from merely connected operations to collaborative and automated operations.”
According to Högblom, developing ships that are electric, digital, and connected, will make shipping future-proof.