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First Liquid Hydrogen Ferry equipped with Fuel Cells

With the first sea trials starting in December, MF Hydra will be the world's first ferry powered by PEM fuel cells running on liquid hydrogen.

The two fuel cell systems (more information about these systems) are integrated into the MF Hyrda. All interfaces are accessible from the front for service and maintenance and all connections are located below floor level. The DNV-type approval certification of FC wave TM confirms that the design meets the strict safety, functional, design, and documentation requirements for the marine industry.

The MF Hydra in numbers:

  • Capacity: 299 Passengers and 80 Cars
  • Testing will start in December 2022
  • Location: Hjelmeland, Skipavik, and Nesvik in Norway
  • Design door: LMG Marlin
  • Winner: Ship of the Year 2021
Video by Rune Langeland

The installation of Ballard's FC wave TM fuel cells on board MF Hydra not only shows how efficiently zero-emission ship operation can be implemented, we can also show how user-friendly the actual fuel cell installation looks from an operator's perspective.

”Thomas Therkild Petersen, Ballard's Product Line Manager for Marine.

The FCwave TM module is a true plug-and-play solution and offers an optimal zero-emission replacement for conventional internal combustion engines on board ships. It's a powerful, adaptable engine in a hybrid electric system with fuel cells that work together with batteries to deliver efficient, zero-emissions power. With this real-life example, we can help to ‘demystify' how we reduce the complexity of fuel cell technology integration – which may still be quite new for some ship operators. In a nutshell, this really is zero-emissions made easy.

Thomas Therkild Petersen

The MF hydra has a capacity of up to 299 passengers and 80 cars and will operate on the triangular route between Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik in Norway. The first test drives will take place in December 2022.

This PDF file explains a lot about this production.

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