The Yangtze River Three Gorges 1, the world’s largest electric cruise ship, has successfully returned to its home port in Yichang, central China’s Hubei Province, after completing a trial voyage , according to information released by the State Council’s Public Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).
Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 is the largest electric cruise in the world with the largest battery capacity and the most advanced level of intelligence produced to date. The vessel is powered by a 7,500 KWH marine battery from CATL, equivalent to the total battery capacity of more than 100 electric vehicles.
The vessel is the world’s first electric vessel to achieve true “zero emissions” as it is powered by clean hydroelectricity, generated by the Three Gorges Dam.
The ship will be properly equipped and furnished before being put into commercial service in April this year, and will be used for sightseeing trips on the Yangtze River near Yichang. It is 100 meters long, 16.2 meters wide and designed to carry 1,300 passengers.
Manufactured by China Yangtze Power Co under China Three Gorges Corporation and Hubei Yichang Transportation Group, the ship is an initiative of the Three Gorges Corporation to harness clean energy and green transportation, according to the group.
With cruises as a starting point, the group will expand the development of the marine electric vehicle market, integrating a network of electric charging points along the river system, marking a new era for the country’s green maritime transport sector, a indicated the group.
As of January 12, China Three Gorges Corporation’s installed renewable energy capacity exceeded 100 million kilowatts, with hydropower accounting for nearly 70 percent of total installed capacity, meaning the Yangtze River has become the largest corridor. of clean energy water in the world.
By 2021, the group had generated more than 340 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from renewables, which is equivalent to replacing around 100 million tonnes of standard coal and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 280 million. tons.