The leading supplier of hydrogen fuel cells, PowerCell, has signed an agreement to supply hydrogen fuel cells to two ships operating on Norway’s longest ferry route. This is an important milestone for the energy transition in shipping. The order, which was secured following a thorough tendering process, is valued at €19.2 million and represents the largest non-combustion fuel propulsion project to date in the global marine industry.
PowerCell will work with SEAM, a leading Norwegian systems developer and integrator of low- and zero-emission solutions for the marine industry, to provide the solution, which will be responsible for the electrical installations on the ferries. Final delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024. Torghatten Nord and PowerCell also intend to enter into a long-term service agreement.
PowerCell will supply its PowerCellution Marine System 200 to two vessels owned and operated by Norwegian transport group Torghatten Nord, allowing the ferries to produce around 6MW of electricity each. The ferries, which are predominantly powered by green hydrogen, are expected to reduce their combined CO2 emissions by 26,500 tons annually. That corresponds to the CO2 emissions of 13,000 diesel cars that are taken off the roads every year.
Today’s announcement is part of an initiative by the Norwegian government to make all ferries crossing the Vestfjord between Lofoten and Bodø in northern Norway zero emissions. With a long and demanding crossing of up to four hours, green hydrogen was seen as the most viable solution to power these ships. The ferries – each with a capacity of 599 passengers and 120 cars – are scheduled to operate from October 2025 as part of a replacement program for similarly sized and operational fossil-fuelled ferries.
Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell, commented:
“This is a groundbreaking project, not just for PowerCell or Norway, but for the entire shipping industry and we are very happy and proud to be a part of it. Norway has been at the forefront of adopting LNG in the shipping industry and now the country is taking a major step to mainstream green hydrogen as a clean energy source for our hard-to-reduce sector. Our solutions are perfect for demanding applications where operational reliability, high power density and compact design are important parameters.
“The transition to electrification and zero-emission energy is accelerating and is supported by supranational initiatives such as the EU’s Green Deal and the extensive investments to achieve the Paris Agreement. In Norway alone there are around 800 ferry lines and ferries are a segment where we can expect a lot of interest in hydrogen electric solutions. From next year, the maritime sector will be included in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, driving demand for net-zero hydrogen-powered solutions.” About PowerCell
The PowerCell Group develops and manufactures fuel cell stacks and fuel cell systems with a uniquely high power density. Our products are used in various industries including aerospace, marine, on- and off-road. PowerCell’s products run on hydrogen, generating electricity and heat with no emissions other than water. Our technology combines high efficiency with compact design and contributes to significant emission reductions regardless of the application.
PowerCell Sweden AB was founded in 2008 as an industrial spin-out from the Volvo Group. Since 2014, the company’s stock (PCELL) has been listed on Nasdaq First North Stockholm, with G&W Fund Commission as a Certified Adviser.
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