Workshop: Batteries and Electrical Energy Storage in Shipping

jun 2023

Workshop: Batteries and Electrical Energy Storage in Shipping

On the 22nd of June, Maritime Research Alliance co-organized a workshop on batteries and electrical energy storage in shipping together with Green Ship of the Future, Danish Center for Energy Storage, Danish Maritime and Danish Shipping.


When: Thursday, June 22nd 2023, 10.00 – 16.00 CET (Refreshments from 9.30)

Where: DFDS House, Marmorvej 18, DK-2100 Copenhagen

Electrification is a central aspect of the green transition of shipping, but lack of commercial electrical energy storage solutions for shipping challenge the speed and the extent at which shipping can make a green transition. Today, batteries are used to electrify local and small ferries either completely or in hybrid setups with fuel cells and combustion engines. Solutions for long distance and heavy shipping are still in their infancy but showing potential. However, the dominant commercial electrical storage method, lithium batteries, are expensive and in high demand in other sectors. Furthermore, they require critical and scarce raw materials and are energy intensive to produce. Therefore, the industry is currently exploring alternative technologies that may be applied to store energy onboard different types of vessels.

The aim of this workshop was to bring shipowners and operators together with experts from the industry and academia to explore the potential and challenges of different energy storage technologies today and in the future. We focused on the practical use of batteries, potential alternative core technologies and electrical energy storage methods, recycling, and sustainability. We investigated cases in operation to demystify the topic, brought forward the central challenges, confirmed or refuse central myths and stories, and, most importantly, connected central experts across the industry and academia to bridge knowledge and pave the foundation for potential future collaborations.


09.30 – 10.00                           Arrival & Refreshments

10.00 – 10.10                           Welcome and Introduction to the day

10.10 – 11.00                           Shipowners panel

  • Jesper Ågesen, Head of Sustainable Fleet Projects, DFDS
  • Jens-Christian Strate, Maritime Electrical Engineer, Maersk
  • Hans-Henrik Simonsen, Deputy Technical Director, Molslinjen
  • Jesper Kristiansen, General Manager – Technical, Hafnia

11.00 – 11.15                           Break

11.15 – 12.15                           Industry panel

  • Tunji Adebusuyi, Technical Manager e-Marine, Leclanché
  • Roger Trinterud, Sales Director, Kongsberg
  • Søren Bødker, Co-founder & CEO, VisBlue
  • Louise Drue Andersen, Business Developer – Batteries, Stena Recycling

12.15 – 13.00                            Lunch

13.00 – 14.00                           Academia panel

  • Dorthe Ravnsbæk, Professor, Aarhus University
  • Daniel-Ioan Stroe, Associate Professor, Aalborg University
  • Thomas Ebel, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
  • Ilmar Santos, Professor, Technical University of Denmark

14.00 – 15.00                           Breakout workshops

Themes (working – subject to change)

  • Battery core technologies
  • Alternative/complimentary technologies (Flywheels, Flow batteries etc.)
  • Applicability/Optimization of energy grids onboard
  • Sustainability

15.00 – 15.50                           Follow-up on the Themes and Plenum Discussion

15.50 – 16.00                           Round-up and next steps