Norled AS to Build the World’s First Hydrogen-Electric Ferry in Norway
Norled AS to Build the World’s First Hydrogen-Electric Ferry in Norway
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, January 09, 2019
  • Hydrogen ferry agreement provides zero emissions in the ferry boat sector

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norled AS signed an agreement on Tuesday January 8th 2019, on the construction of the world's first hydrogen-electric ferry. It must be put into operation on Hjelmeland route in 2021. 

"This is a world class technology development in Norway and the world looks to Norway to lead. Hydrogen will be the last piece in order to get zero emissions in the ferry sector. Hydrogen is the solution where electric operation alone is not possible", says Norwegian Public Roads Administration Director Terje Moe Gustavsen.

Zero emissions in the ferry sector result in an emission reduction of 600,000 tonnes of CO 2 each year.

The world's first

The development contract that Norled won in fierce competition with Fjord 1 and Boreal calls for the construction and operation of a hydrogen-electric ferry where at least 50 per cent of the energy requirement is covered by hydrogen.

"On behalf of Norled, I am both proud and humble to be a part of this pioneer project. We are looking forward to cooperating on another development project initiated by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. This represents a green historical turning point for both Norled and the rest of the maritime sector, says Chairman Ingvald Løyning in Norled.   

He adds that in 2015, Norled has proven that innovation and innovation across skilled maritime environments is a success formula for creating a greener and more environmentally friendly ferry sector.

Today, there are no comparable hydrogen powered vessels in operation.

The ferry will have a capacity of up to 299 passengers and 80 cars.