Ballard Deliver 200 kW Fuel Cell To Norwegian Ferry Operator

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  • Canadian fuel cell supplier Ballard Power Systems has delivered two, 200 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell modules.
  • In July 2021, the newbuild was delivered to Norled by Westcon shipyard.
  • It represents a significant turning point for both Norled A/S and the rest of the maritime sector.

Canadian fuel cell supplier Ballard Power Systems has delivered two, 200 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell modules to Norwegian ferry operator Norled, says an article published on offshore energy website. 

Power the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered ferry

As informed, the fuel cell modules will power the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered ferry, the MF Hydra, later this year.

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.

In July 2021, the newbuild was delivered to Norled by Westcon shipyard.

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,” Erlend Hovland, Chief Technology Officer at Norled A/S, commented.

“The delivery of the fuel cell modules from Ballard enables us to continue our work to deliver and operate the world’s first ferry to be fueled by liquid hydrogen.”

The FCwave modules for Norled A/S have been designed, manufactured, and tested at Ballard’s Marine Center of Excellence in Hobro, Denmark. The two FCwave marine fuel cell modules have been approved by DNV, one of the world’s leading classification and certification bodies.

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Source: offshore energy 

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