Finland: Hybrid icebreaker with removable bow in development
Under the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, an EU funded project is developing an innovative icebreaker vessel in the far north of Finland. A removable bow will allow any ship to break through the ice with a hybrid-electric drive coming from Danfoss Editron. The icebreaker will be anchored in the port of Mustola in Lappeenranta, Finland, and will operate in the Saimaa Lake area from winter 2020. It is being developed as part of the “Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II” project with a total budget of 7.6 million euros. One of the main objectives of the project is to develop a motorised, detachable bow concept that will allow ships to double as icebreakers in winter. Turku Repair Yard will contribute a bow for the demonstration copy, and Danfoss will provide the hybrid system with two diesel generators and two electric propulsion systems, as well as control elements and software.
- Electrive.com -