DFDS and Partners to Develop Hydrogen-Powered Ferry
By Dominic Chopping
Danish ferry operator DFDS A/S said Thursday that the company
and its partners have applied for EU support to develop a ferry
powered by electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell system which only
DFDS, ABB Ltd, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Hexagon Purus,
Lloyd's Register, Knud E. Hansen, Oersted A/S and Danish Ship
Finance have all partnered to develop a 100% hydrogen-powered
ferry, initially for DFDS's Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen
A hydrogen fuel cell system that can produce up to 23 megawatts
will be needed to propel the ferry, DFDS added.
"The largest fuel cell systems today produce only 1-5 megawatts,
and the development of such large-scale fuel cell installations for
an electric ferry is a monumental task," DFDS Chief Executive
Torben Carlsen said.
"Together, we expect to be able to make these fuel types and
technologies commercially viable."
The hydrogen will be produced locally in Greater Copenhagen
based on offshore wind, and the project will investigate how to
optimally integrate with the local energy system, it said.
If the project develops as projected, DFDS said the ferry could
be in full operation as early as 2027.
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