Battery power is making inroads in the shipping industry. In China, a 2,000 ton capacity ship that is powered by supercapacitors and 1,000 lithium batteries, just took its maiden voyage last month. The all-electric cargo ship has an impressive 2.4 MWh energy storage capacity.
The ship will transport cargo along the Pearl River in China's Guangdong Province. It is over 230 feet long, 45 feet wide and 14 feet deep. The sSupercapacitors and 1,000 lithium batteries that make up the energy storage system allow the ship to travel 50 miles on one charge. Charging stations can power up the ship’s batteries in two hours.
Autoblog reports that moving towards electric power in the shipping industry is important. There one interesting detail in the report: the all-electric cargo vessel transports coal, which seems like an odd combination.
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