Ballard supplies fuel cells for Norwegian hybrid ferry

April 10, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Ballard supplies fuel cells for Norwegian hybrid ferry
Ballard Power Systems Europe is to supply fuel cells to one of Norway's largest ferry and express boat operators for its next-generation 200 kilowatt (kW) modules in a hybrid ferry.

The ferry developed by Norled will carry up to 299 passengers and 80 cars and is expected to be the first liquid hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry in commercial operation globally when it launches in 2021. IT will be powered by a hybrid combination of Ballard fuel cell modules together with batteries from the CNW Group and Ballard Power Systems.

The fuel cell modules will be designed and manufactured at a new Marine Center of Excellence at Ballard's plant in Hobro, Denmark.

"Norway's government has demonstrated leadership by enforcing the phasing in of low and zero-emission solutions in its marine industry by 2030, including the introduction of requirements for zero-emission tourist ships and ferries in its world heritage fjords by no later than 2026," said Jesper Themsen, President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems Europe. "For many of the 100 high speed ferries operating on routes in Norway, however, battery powered propulsion is not practical due to the associated weight and long recharging time required. Therefore, we believe hydrogen fuel cell systems offer ferry operators a viable zero-emission propulsion pathway."

The fuel cell modules provide scalable power from 100kW to over 1MW to support vessel propulsion, auxiliary power and/or system redundancy, and extended range, proportionate to the volume of liquid hydrogen fuel stored on board a vessel.

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