The Maritime Government
On Thursday, Kongsberg introduced the startup of the world’s first “full-scale, full-size” hydrogen gas cell drivetrain for ships. Based on the agency, the shoreside check set up reveals that the know-how is nearing maturity for vessel operations.
The check system is the third and remaining part of the EU-funded venture “HySeas,” which has been working since 2013. The eight-year effort has concerned individuals from Scotland, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and England.
For the ultimate stage, Kongsberg and its contractors constructed a full-scale electrical propulsion system based mostly on hydrogen-powered gas cells at a website close to Bergen. The system will now endure a four-month testing routine for validation.
“This venture is yet one more proof of the internationally main competence within the Norwegian maritime cluster. Now we now have each taken the subsequent step for options in Norway, and the subsequent step for the Norwegian maritime trade to achieve exporting hydrogen-based know-how and options internationally,” mentioned Norwegian Minister of Commerce and Business Jan Christian Vestre.
The testing cycle relies on the ability calls for for a vessel on an actual route between Kirkwall and Shapinsay in Orkney, Scotland. The findings can be supplied to the design workforce at ferry operator Caledonian Maritime Belongings Ltd (CMAL) in Scotland. CMAL plans to finish the H2-powered design for a small 16-car ropax ferry in March 2022, and will search funding for its development.
“Orkney would be the first sensible utilization of this know-how whereas the Norwegian maritime cluster has the chance develop our personal pilots and tasks right here in Norway,” mentioned Egil Haugsdal, CEO of Kongsberg Maritime.