Japanese power transfer vessel developer PowerX will collaborate with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) to develop energy storage solutions for ships, as well as pilot-testing of the so-called ‘Power ARK’ power transfer vessels and electric ships.
owerX mentioned that it would use NYK’s expertise in shipping to create an energy breakthrough in the renewables industry while also working jointly to bring out zero-emission vessels.
The company plans to build an electrically powered 100 TEU trimaran, in order to transfer offshore wind energy in Japan’s coastal waters.
When completed in 2025, the ship should go into full-scale operation after prototype testing.
The first model will be carrying 100 grid batteries and is likely to deliver enough electricity for roughly 210,000 Japanese households in just one single trip.
Future plans contain the construction of larger ships – the 150 meter long Power ARK 1000 and the 220 meter long Power ARK 3000.