Gorinchem, 10 January 2022 – Damen Shipyards Group has taken over the Skoonbox from Skoon Energy. The world’s first maritime-certified, multi-purpose battery container will be used to deliver renewable power at our own yards for applications where diesel generators or ships’ engines are primarily used at present. This 20-foot container is the first step towards Damen’s sustainable battery network for mobile and temporary applications. In time, it can potentially also be deployed for customers worldwide.
The Skoonbox was unveiled during the 2018 World Port Days and major developments have been made since. The battery container contains 314 lithium batteries, good for 638 kWh of renewable energy. In recent years, the Skoonbox has been used for numerous applications in the Amsterdam Port Area. Putting the Skoonbox in a barge, for example, gave us a floating battery that has supplied green power to a range of ships.
“The Skoonbox, and the clean energy systems coming in its wake, are opening up tremendous opportunities for us to reduce our ecological footprint and those of our customers,” explains Vincent de Maat of Damen Shipyards Group. “This is a sustainable replacement for diesel generators but it can also be used as a green form of shore power, allowing ships berthed at our repair yards to turn off their on-board engines. That saves a lot of emissions.”
“Our focus is on developing Skoon Sharing, the software platform that brings together both local and international supply and demand for mobile, sustainable energy solutions,” says Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst, the CEO and founder of Skoon Energy. “The Skoonbox experience has provided us with a tremendous amount of indispensable data and insights. As part of our long-term vision, our aim is not to be hardware owners. Our strength is the development of customer-friendly and commercially scalable software and AI. That is how we realise easy access to clean energy, wherever it may be.”
About Damen Shipyards Group – Oceans of Possibilities
Damen Shipyards Group has been in business for over ninety years, providing maritime solutions worldwide through the design and construction, conversion and repair of ships and ship components. By integrating components and subsystems, we build innovative, top-quality platforms that deliver maximum added value for our customers.
Our core values are fellowship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and stewardship. Our goal is to be the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder, thanks in part to the digitalisation, standardisation and series builds of our vessels.
Damen operates 35 shipyards and 20 other businesses in 20 countries, with the support of a global sales and service network. Damen Shipyards Group offers direct employment to a workforce of more than 10,000.
About Skoon Energy
Skoon is accelerating the energy transition with a software platform for mobile clean energy. Ships, ports, festivals, events, construction sites, grid operators and many other applications can now easily access clean energy, through our online marketplace called Skoon Sharing. Skoon Suite is a SaaS tool for the supply side of our platform, making rental management scalable for the owners of mobile energy assets.