The use of batteries is an emerging means of power that some ships are considering or are even using. As DNV GL informs, today there are 352 ships confirmed with battery installations. This number is expected to increase until 2026.
Presenting these number during Nor-Shipping 2019, DNV GL indicated that, in 2019, 160 ships are operating with batteries, while 104 more and under construction. What is more, from 2020, the number of ships that will be running on batteries and are under construction will be 153.
Until 2026, the number of ships running on batteries will remain at 169, but those under construction will be 181.
As for the number of ships with batteries by ship type, car/passenger ferries are in the pole position with 95 being in operation and 75 being under construction.
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In second place, 27 offshore supply ships are operating on batteries and 19 more are under construction.
Cruise ships and fishing vessels are on the same levels, with 16 vessels of each type being under construction.
Currently most of the batteries are used for hybrid propulsion at a percentage of 50%. 24% are used for plug-in hybrid and 18% is pure electric.
As already known, Norway is the leader in batteries use with 142 ships. The rest of Europe follows with 85, and then America with 24. Asia has to present 7 ships and Oceania 6.