Boat tour agency ‘Maid of the Mist’ has launched zero-emission ferries to sail across the iconic Niagara Falls.
ABB is powering these all-electric propulsion ferries that will allow passengers to experience one of the wonders of the natural world undisturbed by exhaust fumes, engine noise or vibrations.
According to ABB, the James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla ferries – named in honor of the Maid of the Mist chairman and the renowned energy pioneer – are the first all-electric vessels built in the U.S., with power drawn from a high-capacity battery pack supplied and integrated by ABB.
Both vessels are powered by a pair of battery packs providing 316 kWh total capacity divided across two catamaran hulls, offering a level of redundancy that helps to safeguard operations.
The batteries allow the electric propulsion motors to reach an output of up to 400 kW, with the power setup controlled by ABB’s Power and Energy Management System.
They can be charged using locally produced hydroelectricity in a process that takes just seven minutes during disembarkation and boarding.
The Glynn and the Tesla also come with a comprehensive scope of electric, digital and connected solutions including switchboards, drives and the integrated control system, in addition to the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System for monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Image and content: Maid of the Mist, ABB