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Techno-economic feasibility study of battery-powered ferries


Al-Falahi, MDA and Coleiro, J and Jayasinghe, SDG and Enshaei, H and Garaniya, V and Baguley, C and Madawala, U, Techno-economic feasibility study of battery-powered ferries, Proceedings of 2018 IEEE 4th Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC), 10-13 December 2018, Singapore, pp. 1-7. ISBN 978-1-5386-8257-9 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/SPEC.2018.8636010


The move towards incorporating more-electric solutions in the transportation sector has gained increased momentum during the last decade. Cost of fossil fuels and environmental impacts of emissions are the main driving factors behind this growing trend. Nevertheless, advancements in battery technologies are the key enablers for the widespread application of electric alternatives in a more realistic manner. This paper looks into this trend from electric ferries perspective and presents a technical and economic feasibility assessment. The technical study includes sizing of the battery storage system based on Depth-of- Discharge (DOD) and maximum load scenario. The proposed sizing is validated against the measured load profile. The economic study includes initial investment, operational cost and maintenance cost of a battery powered electric ferry. The economic analysis considered the payback period (PBP) and battery lifecycles as assessment factors. The technical assessment results revealed that the proposed battery system can efficiently power the ferry within the stipulated DOD range. The maximum DOD achieved is 70 %, which provided a reasonable lifetime of 10.7 years. The economic analysis revealed that the battery’s DOD has significant effects on the investment cost of the system and the PBP. The PBP is found to be 6.7 years which is 37 % less than the lifetime of the battery. Overall, the battery-powered ferry is found to be feasible with 51.3% operational costs saving compared to the diesel-electric alternative.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:battery powered ferry, diesel electric ferry, energy storage system, payback period
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electrical engineering
Research Field:Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Renewable energy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Al-Falahi, MDA (Mr Monaaf Al-Falahi)
UTAS Author:Coleiro, J (Mr James Coleiro)
UTAS Author:Jayasinghe, SDG (Dr Shantha Jayasinghe Arachchillage)
UTAS Author:Enshaei, H (Dr Hossein Enshaei)
UTAS Author:Garaniya, V (Associate Professor Vikram Garaniya)
ID Code:130751
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2019-02-11
Last Modified:2019-10-23

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