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  1. Not all coal is burned for energy. Here in Australia we have some of the largest metallurgical coal mines in the world. This coal is so black it’s almost pure carbon and very easily refined to make many metal products. Eg. Steel is iron and carbon alloyed. Also carbon fibre requires the carbon from coal.

  2. Interesting, but only barely relevant. With a maximum range of 50 miles, this thing isn’t a cargo ship, so much as it’s a fancy river barge.

    An all-electric river barge, which is cool and all, but still…

  3. It is not that bad.

    It takes around 1 lbs of coal to generate 1kwh so 2400 lbs are needed to go one way or 2.4 tons for round trip.

    It carries 2200 tons so .1% of its carrying weight goes into the power.

  4. This is so cool! I did not think it was possible to store enough electricity to power a tanker on a tanker. How far can it go till it needs to be charged? And how does one charge such a ship?

  5. Electric batteries need electricity. Most electricity as of now is made at power plants burning oil or nat gas, even coal. Fuel will be combusted no matter what, it’s just whether it happens on board the ship or in a power plant.

  6. A lot of people don’t realize that coal isn’t just used for fuel.

    I work for a major railway and the coal we are shipping is mainly metallurgical coal, used for making steel. Pretty sure we still need steel.

  7. It’s funny how people from U.S. are always trying to downplay or trivialize anything technologically advanced and good coming from China or Russia. Even though this not only will benefit China but everyone due to low CO2 emission

  8. This is so cool! I did not think it was possible to store enough electricity to power a tanker on a tanker. How far can it go till it needs to be charged? And how does one charge such a ship?

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