Japanese shipping giant and transfer vessel developer join hands as reported by MarineMonks.
Japanese power transfer vessel developer PowerX has joined hands with fellow Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) to develop energy storage solutions for ships, as well as pilot-testing of the so-called ‘Power ARK’ power transfer vessels and electric ships.
PowerX mentioned that it would enforce NYK’s expertise in shipping to create an energy breakthrough in the renewables industry while also working jointly to bring out zero-emission vessels.
The company is set to build an electrically powered 100 TEU trimaran (a multi-hull boat) aimed at transferring offshore wind energy in Japan’s coastal waters. When completed by Japan’s largest shipbuilder in 2025, the ship should go into full-scale operation after prototype testing.
The first model will be carrying 100 grid batteries and is likely to deliver enough electricity for roughly 210,000 Japanese households in just one single trip. Future plans contain the construction of larger ships – the 150 meters long Power ARK 1000 and the 220 meters long Power ARK 3000.
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