MOBILITY

Maersk and Ørsted launch offshore charging buoy to amend vessels’ huge climate impact

The buoy is constantly charged with the help of the connected Ørsted wind farms, and can hopefully put sea travel in a carbon-neutral course.
By ERIK SEDIN
February 03, 2022

The project Stillstrom, led by Danish shipping giant Maersk Supply Service and leading offshore wind farm manufacturer Ørsted, has the potential to displace a significant amount of marine fuel with green electricity. The buoy is connected with underwater wires to the wind farms nearby and will have enough power to charge on a hybrid SOV (Service Operation Vessels) battery.

As we’ve reported before, cruise ships and vessels emit huge amounts of carbon oxide every day. Regarding cruise ships, The Independent writes that one passenger on a seven-day cruise in Antarctica uses up as much CO2 as an average European does in an entire year. As for vessels, they currently account for around 3% of global climate pollution, more than all US coal-fired power plants combined — and more than Germany’s total emissions, as per Electrek. Horrifying information for those shopping online on the regular.

The off-shore charging station project is hoping to save 5,500,000 tonnes of CO2 within five years, and testing will start in the third quarter of 2022. Electric mobility usually mean more time-consuming charging, but if the vessels are autonomous and if your Nike By You shoes come unstained with CO2, perhaps it’s worth it?

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