Almost NOK 50 million support for hydrogen vessels

Published 23.05.2019 // 7:41 CET

Norled and a number of partners in the Flagships project have received 5 million euros, corresponding to approximately NOK 49 million, for two planned hybrid vessels.

One of these is the ferry that will be deployed on the Finnøy connection outside Stavanger, and will be put into operation during 2021.

The funds will also go to a hydrogen vessel that will be put into operation in France. There is a so-called push boat operating for Companie Flyvial de Transport (CFT) on one of the country’s most demanding rivers, the Rhône.

It is through the EU program Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking that the funds are distributed.

The ferry company reported in November last year that they were to build the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry to the connection Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik in Rogaland, and can thus get two hydrogen ferries.

  • Norled has taken a leading role in the development of zero-emission ferries. This innovation project will be an important next place in the demonstration of marine fuel cell technology, both operationally and commercially. By building on existing knowledge from other ongoing hydrogen initiatives around the world, the project will also contribute to a significant reduction in the cost of maritime fuel cell systems, says technical director at Norled, Sigvald Breivik.

Significant investments
In addition to the EU funds, the shipowners CFT and Norled will make substantial investments to realize the vessels.

The projects will also help to build up a European network that covers supply chains for hydrogen, ship design, production knowledge and regulatory expertise.

The Flagships project consists of nine European partners: Norled, CFT, ABB, LMG Marin, Ballard Europe, PersEE, VTT Technical Research Center in Finland, NCE Maritime CleanTech, and Westcon Power & Automation (which will soon become part of the collaboration).

Westcon shipyard in Ølen (Norway) will build these new ferries.

Source: Norled