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Swappable Container Waterborne Transport Battery

Current Direct

Swappable Container Waterborne Transport Battery

Call for proposal: 
H2020-LC-BAT-2020
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

The transport sector contributes to almost a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Compared to other sectors, such as agriculture or energy industries, it is the only sector with emissions higher than that of 1990. Waterborne transport emissions represent around 13% of the overall EU greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. Moreover, waterborne transport emissions could increase between 50% and 250% by 2050 under a business-as-usual scenario, undermining the objectives of the Paris agreement. The challenge for a large-scale adoption and implementation of batteries for waterborne transport is mainly related to the high costs of the battery systems and cells.

The Current Direct project addresses these challenges by proposing an innovative lithium-ion cell optimized for waterborne transport, using novel manufacturing techniques allowing for a consistent cost reduction compared to the current market prices. Additionally, a swappable containerized energy storage system optimized for cost and operation in the waterborne transport industry will be developed.

The overarching aim of the Current Direct project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative interchangeable waterborne transport battery system and EaaS Platform in an operational environment at the Port of Rotterdam at TRL7 that facilitates fast charging of vessels, fleet optimization and novel business models. The Current Direct project is dedicated to:

  1. significantly reduce the total cost of waterborne transport batteries;
  2. cut GHG emissions of the marine transport sector through electrification of vessel fleets;
  3. increase the energy density of waterborne battery cells; and
  4. trigger investments for innovation, job and knowledge creation in the European marine transport and battery sector.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
LC-BAT-11-2020 Reducing the cost of large batteries for waterborne transport
Lead Organisation: 

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Address: 
Pleinlaan
1050 Brussel
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€339,298
Partner Organisations: 

Universiteit Hasselt

Address: 
MARTELARENLAAN 42
3500 HASSELT
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€337,500

Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee Vzw

Address: 
WANDELAARKAAI 7
8400 OOSTENDE
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€432,500

Spear Power Systems Bv

Address: 
DE KEYSERLEI 58-60 BOITE 19
2018 ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€3,643,223

Blackstone Technology Gmbh

Address: 
Anger 10
99084 Erfurt
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€2,089,979

Foreship Oy

Address: 
SUOLAKIVENKATU 1
00810 HELSINKI
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€293,250

Kotug International Bv

Address: 
WILHELMINAKADE 318
3072 AR ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€766,800

Roi Astikes Technologies Ike Rhoe Urban Technologies

Address: 
ODYSSEA ELYTI 2
54248 THESSALONIKI
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€323,950

Wartsila Norway As

Address: 
WICHMANNVEGEN 3 RUBBESTADNESET
5420 BOMLO
Norway
EU Contribution: 
€1,685,325

Cnet Centre For New Energy Technologies Sa

Address: 
RUA CIDADE DE GOA 4
2685 039 SACAVEM E PRIOR VELHO LISBOA
Portugal
EU Contribution: 
€526,250

Aviloo Gmbh

Address: 
PERLASGASSE 53
2362 BIEDERMANNSDORF
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€536,750

Umicore

Address: 
Broekstraat 31
1000 Brussel
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€281,601

Lloyd's Register Emea Ips

Address: 
FENCHURCH STREET 71
LONDON
EC3M 4BS
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€723,450
Technologies: 
Development phase:
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