Ebusco has signed a framework agreement to provide Oechies Elektrotechniek with maritime battery packs for its inland shipping barge.

The initial agreement involves the delivery of 36 battery packs and 6 battery management systems for a new-build hydrogen-powered inland vessel: the WEVA Antonie 1.

This order will provide over 10 megawatts of battery capacity, thus fully replacing a large diesel generator.

The WEVA Antonie 1 hydrogen barge
The WEVA Antonie 1 hydrogen barge
Peter Bijvelds, CEO at Ebusco, said:

Over the past decade, we have gained extensive experience in the application of batteries amongst heavy energy users. By extending our expertise in battery technology to other industries, we can make an even greater impact on our journey towards zero-emission transport. We are therefore proud to join forces with Oechies Elektrotechniek on our way to clean inland shipping.

This order will mark Ebusco’s first delivery of its Ebusco Maritime Batteries, as the company is currently better known for producing electric buses.

These batteries will be used to power the first new-build hydrogen-powered barge, which will be built by Dutch shipbuilder, Concordia Damen for Lenten Shipping.

The vessel will have a length of 135 metres and will be able to carry up to 3,700 tonnes.

It will eventually be used to transport salt between Delfzijl and the port of Rotterdam, operated by Nobian Industrial Chemicals B.V.

Johan van der Sluis, Director at Oechies Elektrotechniek, said:

The completion of the first-ever new-build hydrogen-powered barge is an important step to make the sector more sustainable. We are excited to partner with other pioneers in the energy transition for the realisation of this project. Thanks to Ebusco’s longstanding experience in the transition to zero-emission buses, we can rely on an experienced and smart partner in the field of battery technology.

The Ebusco Maritime Batteries have obtained maritime certification and are tested for strict requirements, including water tightness and fire safety.


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