KONGSBERG has signed a Research & Innovation (R&I) contract with PILOT-E to develop zero emission, full-electric, autonomous ferry concepts.
The PILOT-E program is a collaboration between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovasjon Norge and Enova. KONGSBERG is heading the consortium with Grenland Energy on marine battery technology, Fjellstrand shipyard on vessel design, Grønn Kontakt on the charging of electric cars both quay-side and on board, and NTNU as a research partner within autonomy and energy management.
The R&I contract provides partial funding for developing autonomous functionality such as Auto Docking and Auto Sailing for commercial vessels.
KONGSBERG has already established a number of key industry partnerships on projects that will result in new connected, autonomous and environmentally friendly ships within the next two years, including the YARA Birkeland container feeder and the Hrönn offshore service vessel.
“The stakes are high and the autonomy vision is materialising as we speak. The PILOT-E Autonomous Ferry project introduces a new mindset encouraging us to look beyond the traditional organisational setup. To meet the ambitious time-to-market expectations, we must really adopt the true meaning of collaboration and step-up the work across technological areas within KONGSBERG and between partners, to harvest the best from each area of expertise,” says An-Magritt Tinlund Ryste, Project Manager, Kongsberg Maritime.