The Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen route currently suffers under the pandemic. ”However, this does not mean that DFDS has lost sight of the long-term development of this historic and important route – or our ambitious climate plan targets. On the contrary, we have partnered with other major companies in order to develop a 100% hydrogen powered ferry that can eventually be used on this route – or another route,” says Torben Carlsen.
The power will be provided by a hydrogen fuel cell that emits nothing but water and can produce up to 23 MW to propel the ferry.
“The largest fuel cells today produce only 1-5 MW, and the development of such large-scale fuel cell installations for maritime operation is a monumental task, which we can only succeed with in partnerships between companies that together can muster some of the globe’s finest expertise in design, approval, building, financing and operation of innovative vessels,” says Jakob Steffensen, Innovation and Environment lead. Along with Mads Bentzen Billesø, he has shaped the idea in close dialogue with the project partners and DFDS colleagues from across the organisation.
The partnership committed to achieving this includes DFDS, ABB, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Purus, Lloyd’s Register, KNUD E. HANSEN, Ørsted and Danish Ship Finance.
“Together, we expect to learn how to make these fuel types and technologies commercially viable, which is key to a transition of the industry to climate neutrality, which is also the ultimate goal of DFDS’ climate plan,” says Torben.
The partnership has applied for support from the EU Innovation Fund. As there are no ferries of this kind in the world today, the development of the ferry will require public involvement. However, if the project develops as projected, the ferry could be in full operation on the route as early as 2027.
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.
The ferry that has the working name Europa Seaways, is designed for 1,800 passengers and has capacity for 120 lorries or 380 cars.
|Vessel and route details|
|On board power production||PEM Fuel cells|
|Fuel tank capacity||44T|
|Trailer & Car capacity||2.300 lanemeters|
|Route||Copenhagen – Frederikshavn – Oslo|
|Roundtrip time||48 hours|
|Bunkering interval||48 hours|
|CO2e/year emission avoidance||64.000 Tons|
Hydrogen tanks top left