Raising the readiness of zero-emission waterborne transport
The FLAGSHIPS project will raise the readiness of zero-emission waterborne transport to an entirely new level by deploying two commercially operated hydrogen fuel cell vessels.
The demo vessels include a push boat in France (Lyon) and a passenger and car ferry in Norway (Stavanger).
The Lyon demo is a push-boat operating as a utility vessel on one of the most demanding rivers, the Rhône.
The Stavanger demo is a passenger and car ferry operating as part of the local public transport network.
A total of 1 MW of on-board fuel cell power will be installed and the aim is that both vessels will run on hydrogen produced on-site with electrolyzers powered by renewable electricity. Gaseous hydrogen will be used in the vessels’ on-board hydrogen storage. The project will reduce the capital cost of marine fuel cell power systems significantly by leveraging knowhow from existing on-shore and marine system integration activities.
The ship owners expect to maintain the ships in normal commercial operation after the 18-month demonstration period of the project.
The project will cooperate over a broad base to complete the required safety assessment and approval for the two vessels, by applying and further developing the existing regulations and codes.