South Korea’s first commercialized hydrogen electric boat has been unveiled at the 2021 Busan International Boat Show. Developed by Vinssen, the Hydrogenia vessel is powered by a Danfoss Editron electric drivetrain and sub-system. Vinssen is planning to build a further 50 boats using similar hydrogen electric technology over the next year.
The Hydrogenia is 32.8 ft long, has a maximum capacity of six people and can operate at 10 knots for six hours. It underwent testing and demonstration at the Ulsan Hydrogen Realization Center, South Korea’s only demonstration facility specialized in hydrogen piping supply.
“The unveiling of the Hydrogenia boat demonstrates the pivotal role we play in marine electrification, both in hydrogen and battery-powered vessels. We will continue to help South Korea achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 by contributing to the ongoing electrification of the country’s transportation industry, with a focus on its shipbuilding sector,” said Steve Kim, Danfoss’ Head of North East Asia. “Our multi-function inverter modules can be easily integrated with other energy sources, such as hydrogen fuel cells, without additional costs for research and development. Our standardized inverter technology also guarantees the fastest lead time from testing to commercialization.”
Chil Han Lee, CEO of Vinssen, added: “If the government’s institutional and policy support for the commercialization of hydrogen electric boats continues, it will enable South Korea to lead the world in hydrogen ship technology that will grow into a high value-added industry.”