Berge Bulk begins solar power pilot

Berge Bulk begins solar power pilot
Berge Bulk is testing solar power onboard one of its vessels. Image courtesy of Berge Bulk

Shipping line Berge Bulk announced this week that it has launched a pilot test on its vessel, Berge K2, to trial the maritime application of solar technology.

This test installation produces ~100 kilowatts of electrical power, which is fed into the main electrical grid on the ship to supplement the ship’s diesel alternators.

Through the test, the company will be observing and assessing how the panels withstand the stresses while at sea and during in-port cargo operations.

Berge Bulk said that following the pilot, it plans to evolve the trial to a 1,000 kilowatts installation.