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“Alphenaar” starts emission-free inland shipping operations for HEINEKEN

08 Sep 2021

Zero Emission Services, a company founded last year by ENGIE, ING, Wärtsilä and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, on Monday (6 September) said it has started operations with the vessel Alphenaar, the first Dutch inland vessel to use interchangeable energy containers for propulsion. 

Alphenaar sails between Alphen aan den Rijn and Moerdijk for beer brewer HEINEKEN, the first end customer of ZES.

This makes the commissioning of the innovative energy system of ZES for inland shipping a fact. The energy containers – “ZESpacks” – are standard 20ft containers filled with batteries, which are charged with green electricity.

The first two ZESpacks have been loaded and exchanged at the first charging station at the CCT terminal in Alphen aan den Rijn. ZES has the ambition to scale up in the short term and wants to realize 30 zero-emission shipping routes by 2030.

“The energy concept that ZES is launching on the market makes a direct contribution to reducing emissions by saving around 1,000 tons of CO2 and 7 tons of NOx per ship per year. In addition, ships sailing with ZES do not produce particulate matter and noise,” says Willem Dedden, CEO of ZES. 

“In addition to directly contributing to the realization of emission-free inland shipping, ZES is setting a standard that accelerates the transition to emission-free inland shipping. We lay the foundation with our ZESpack (a standard 20 ft container) and a standard connector (the plug).

“In combination with the financing and pay-per-use package devised by ING, ZES offers skippers an accessible, future-proof open access innovation.

“The ZESpacks system adapts as technology advances: the ZESpacks currently in use work with lithium-ion batteries, but in the future this could also be hydrogen, ammonia or something else. The ZESpack always fits on the connection, regardless of the type of energy in the container.” 

ZES has the ambition to scale up to eight ships, eight charging stations and fourteen ZESpacks in the short term. The company wants to realize 30 zero-emission shipping routes by 2030, which can save up to 360,000 tons of CO2 and 2,800 tons of NOx. 


Photo credit: Zero Emission Services
Published: 8 September, 2021

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