A hydrogen-powered ferry capable of transporting 1,800 passengers between the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen and Oslo, called the Europa Seaways, has been developed and is paving the way for a more green maritime vessels.
About 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions is due to Maritime transport It emits around 940 million tons of CO2 annually. The new develop of the Europa Seaways is expected to start operating in 2027 and plans to build it are already underway. Funding from the EU’s €10 billion Innovation Fund has also been secured. This ferry is expected to be the world’s largest and most powerful hydrogen-fuelled ship as several energy firms and shipping companies have come together to make this a reality.
Calculations say the ship would prevent 64,000 tons of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere every year. This is equivalent to taking 13,000 passenger cars off the road.
The zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells will be produced in Denmark by local wind farms which will use green hydrogen, (green hydrogen doesn’t involve fossil fuels in the production process).
Europa Seaways will be powered by a 23-megawatt fuel cell, which will dwarf all existing propulsion systems and will also carry 380 cars on the roughly 48 hour-long roundtrips.
Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS, the ferry firm that will operate the vessel said, “The largest fuel cell systems today produce only 1-5 MW, and the development of such large-scale fuel cell installations for an electric ferry is a monumental task,”
“We can only succeed in partnerships with companies that together can muster some of the globe’s finest expertise in design, approval, building, financing, and operation of innovative vessels.”