One of the two sight-seeing ferries, the James V. Glynn (Source: Maid of the Mist)

Niagara Falls sight-seeing goes electric

ABB has provided integrated electric power and propulsion systems for two new sight-seeing ferries operated by Niagara Falls tour company, Maid of the Mist Corp. The two zero-emission vessels – James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla – named after the company’s chairman and the energy pioneer respectively – are the first all-electric vessels built in the US.

The two vessels have high-capacity battery packs providing 361 kWh divided across two catamaran hulls, thereby providing a built-in degree of redundancy. The batteries allow the electric propulsion motors to reach an output of 400 kW, with the power set-up controlled by ABB’s Power and Energy Management System.

The batteries are charged from an ABB charging system during embarkation and disembarkation. The charging process takes just seven minutes and uses locally produced hydroelectricity, ensuring that the vessels’ energy cycle is entirely emission-free.

Maid of the Mist Corp president, Christopher M. Glynn, said: “Maid of the Mist has always evolved with the technology, and we are thrilled to open a new page in our company’s history, moving our fleet to zero-emission operation. Close collaboration with ABB has been instrumental in making this project a success, and we are proud of what we were able to accomplish together.”

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