To reduce emissions from barges, a comprehensive approach involving new technology, a change in mindset, and updated policies is crucial.
One possible solution being studied by PIONEERS consortium partner ZES is battery-electric sailing. This involves storing electricity in large containers called ZESpacks to power the barges. The ZESpacks use advanced lithium-ion battery technology. When the batteries in these containers run out of power, they are swapped for fully charged ones at special docking stations in a defined network. This allows the barges to keep sailing without waiting and emitting harmful pollutants.
The goal is to investigate if using battery-powered barges and building modular docking stations is a practical option for a sustainable inland shipping.
For more details about this demo, such as the methodology behind it and the routes where this concept is being studied, you can download the factsheet.
October 12, 2023