DFDS, partners to develop hydrogen-powered ferry


A group of companies have partnered up in order to develop a 100 per cent hydrogen-powered Ro-Pax ferry for DFDS’ Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen route.

The ferry will be powered by electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell system that emits only water and can produce up to 23 MW.

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 vessel will have capacity for 1,800 passengers and 380 cars or 120 lorries. It is expected to help reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 64,000 tonnes per year.

DFDS’ partners on the project are ABB, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Hexagon Purus, Lloyd’s Register, Knud E. Hansen, Ørsted, and Danish Ship Finance.

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