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Norwegian Norled to build world’s first hydrogen ferry

Staff Writer |
The development contract that Norled won in fierce competition with Fjord 1 and Boreal on the development, construction and operation of a hydrogen-electric ferry where at least 50 per cent of the energy requirement is covered by hydrogen.

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"On behalf of Norled, I am both proud and humble to be a part of this pioneer project. We are looking forward to cooperating on another development project initiated by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. This represents a green historical turning point for both Norled and the rest of the maritime sector," says Chairman Ingvald Løyning in Norled.

"This is technology development in the world class. The world looks to Norway. Hydrogen will be the last piece to get zero emissions in the ferry sector. Hydrogen is the solution where electric operation alone is not possible," says Director Terje Moe Gustavsen in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

He adds that in 2015, Norled has proven that innovation and innovation across talented maritime environments is a success formula for creating a greener and more environmentally friendly ferry sector. Today, there are no comparable hydrogen powered vessels in operation.

Ferry will connect the national road 13 between Hjelmeland - Skipavik - Nesvik in Rogaland from 2021. The ferry will have good capacity and can take up to 299 passengers and 80 cars.


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