Norway continues push for zero-emission shipping

Norway continues push for zero-emission shipping
ZeFF ferry concept, powered by batteries and hydrogen. Image source: NCE Maritime CleanTech

Five cluster partners in NCE Maritime CleanTech are cooperating to develop a zero-emission fast ferry concept, powered by batteries and hydrogen fuel.

Norled, Selfa Arctic, LMG Marin, Hyon and Servogear, are part of the development of the zero emission fast ferry (ZeFF) concept, which was awarded 10.5 million NOK in December 2018 from the public transport scheme, PILOT-E.

ZeFF will be developed in a battery version for shorter routes and a hydrogen version for longer routes.  the vessel will operate at a speed of 25-45 knots and have foils that lift the vessel out of the water to reduce hull resistance.

Sigvald Breivik, technical director, Norled, commented: “We built the world’s first electrical ferry and we will build Norway’s first hydrogen ferry. As a leading operator of fast ferries, a concept that allow us to operate all passenger sea routes in Norway with zero emissions is a necessary and important next step for us.”

Fast ferries today represent one per cent of the oil consumption in Norway, which amounts to 86 million litre petroleum per year. The aim is to eliminate the emissions from these vessels completely over a ten-year period.

The Norwegian Parliament has decided that car ferries and fast ferries shall become zero emission, but today the technology isn’t ready to achieve this target on longer distances or high-speed routes. We have now received funding to develop technology but there is still some work to do, says Erik Ianssen, founder and CEO of ship building company Selfa Arctic.

During 2019 the actors will develop, validate, analyse and get approval for all parts of the concept.

The vessel is expected to be market-ready in 2020.