Ballard delivers fuel cell modules for Norwegian ferries

Ballard Power Systems has delivered two, 200 kW FCwave modules to Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat operators. The fuel cell modules will power the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered ferry, the ‘MF Hydra’, which is to be launched later this year.

The hydrogen fuel-cell ferry ‘MF Hydra’ will be the first hydrogen-powered ship to be approved by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) and DNV. The vessel has a capacity of up to 300 passengers and 80 cars and will sail on the triangular route between Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik in Norway.

“This is a pioneering project. It represents a significant turning point for both Norled A/S and the rest of the maritime sector. We believe that hydrogen will play a significant role in the future of zero-emission ships,” said Erlend Hovland, Chief Technology Officer at Norled A/S.

Norway is planning to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by 50 per cent by 2030, in which ferry traffic will play a rather important role. In July last year, Fjord1 commissioned three battery-electric ferry conversions for use in Norway, while the thus-far largest electric ferry on the planet was launched there just a few months prior.


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