Kanaal Z – Canal Z, the Brussels business TV channel, made a great coverage about the innovative and collaborative work being undertaken between Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Spear Power Systems under the Current Direct project. The partners are co-developing an advanced composite material that combines multiple properties to reduce battery pack cost while increasing energy density. Get to know better what Current Direct is doing towards a more sustainable future.


Get to know the work that Foreship is delivering to the Current Direct project and the wider maritime industry to enable a zero-emissions future.

See the news here, published by JLA Media, a communications agency focused on the global maritime and offshore energy industries.

You can also read the news on CORDIS – The Community Research and Development Information Service. CORDIS is a European Commission’s primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU’s framework programmes for R&D.

The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), a European Commission’s primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU’s framework programmes for R&D, have just released a news article about Current Direct. You can read the news article here.

CORDIS is one of the cornerstones of the European Commission’s strategy to disseminate and exploit research results and it is governed and funded as part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme.

On the 17th of February Current Direct was presented at the webinar “Advancing the European transition to hybrid and electric vessels” by our Technical Project Manager Shaun White, who did a brilliant presentation about the latest news on our most recent assessment of the applicability and suitability of swappable battery container solution to the Inland Navigation Fleet.

This webinar is part of the Maritime Hybrid Electric Hydrogen Fuel Cells Webinar Week and aimed the debate of the European market’s view on the ability of hybrid and all-electric systems’ to significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions alongside vessel operating and maintenance costs.
To access the presentation slides & event recording, follow the link below:

Riviera – Webinar Library – Advancing the European transition to hybrid and electric vessels (rivieramm.com)

The second edition of Current Direct newsletter has just been released!

This second issue focuses on the main achievements accomplished during the last six months of the project and on the main events where Current Direct was and will be presented.

The newsletter is available, check it out here, subscribe it and get to know this project that will revolutionize the way we move goods and people by water with the use of swappable containerized batteries connected to an Energy as a Service Platform.

The Energy Planner provides vessel Owners, Operators and Charterers with a Zero Emission Battery Swapping Energy plan for Inland Waterway vessels based on a few key vessels and journey parameters. Using these parameters the Planner quickly estimates the number of Current Direct swappable battery containers and swapping operations required to achieve an absolute zero-emission voyage.

The Planner provides a selection from several ‘generic’ power profiles that provide simplified % power vs % time journeys along the Rhine Corridor. The resulting Energy Plan provides the indicative energy needs of inland waterway vessels and fleets and can assist owners to commence planning for the transition to a zero-emission solution based on swappable battery container technology.

The Planner is built upon extensive data harvested from the existing IWT Fleet and inland waterway network.

Get to know the Voyage Energy Planner here.

Today waterborne transport emissions represent about 13% of the overall European greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, with the tendency to increase under a business as usual scenario. Therefore, this industry needs to undergo a rapid energy transition over the current decade to reach Paris Agreement and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) goals.

Current Direct proposes solutions towards the electrification of the European waterborne transport sector, by developing and demonstrating an innovative, interchangeable waterborne transport battery system and an Energy as a Service (EaaS) Platform in an operational environment.

The oral presentation is to take place at the conference on day 4 (26th of October) between 13:00-14:45 (UTC +2). Carsten Jandura (Blackstone Technology GmbH) will be speaking about their thick-layer technology, which is a greener approach to manufacturing of lithium-Ion electrodes.

Follow the link below and register for free to have access to the entire event:

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