The Havyard group has received a major boost for the development of hydrogen as a power source for ships deployed on the Norwegian coast.
Pilot-E, a partnership between the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and Enova, a Norwegian Government enterprise charged with promoting environmentally friendly energy production, is to provide more than NOK 100 million in support for Havila Kystruten, a Havyard group company.
Havyard’s hydrogen power project, known as FreeCO2ast, aims to provide zero emissions through UNESCO’s World Heritage Fjords and along a substantial stretch of the Norwegian coast. The technology will be based on a combination of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, with the first shipboard installation completed by the end of 2022.
Havila Kystruten won a ten-year contract from Norway’s Ministry of Transport in March this year to operate four cruise ferries on the country’s coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes, starting in January 2021. Two of the ships have been ordered at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey, and two at the Spanish shipyard Astillero Hijos de J Barreras. Initially they will be powered by LNG and batteries.