New solar-powered ferry enters service in Rostock

Photo: Junge
Photo: Junge

A new ferry that runs on solar power has begun operational sailings in the northern German city of Rostock.

Warnowstromer was built by local shipyard Ostseestaal to a design by naval architects Ampereship. It has a length of 19.9 metres, a beam of 6.6 metres, and capacity for 80 passengers plus 15 bicycles.

An array of 36 photovoltaic panels supplies power for a 230kWh battery pack, which in turn generates electricity for two 45kW motors. This configuration delivers a maximum speed of 7.5 knots.

Warnowstromer is being operated by local transport company Rostocker Strassenbahn (RSAG).

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