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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 

PowerCell of Sweden has signed a contract with Norwegian Havyard Group regarding the development of the design and the technical specifications for a zero-emissions fuel cell system, which could be installed on board one of the new Havila Kystruten vessels to serve the Norwegian coastal route.

The one-year contract concerns the development of the design and the technical specifications for a zero emissions system fully classifiable and in conformity with IMO maritime safety requirements. The system solution that PowerCell and Havyard jointly will design, will be based on several marinised 200-kW fuel cell system modules connected in parallel with a total power of 3.2 megawatts.

Havila Kystruten will operate four vessels in Norwegian waters where increasingly strict emissions regulations are being introduced in the coming years. The first of the ships will begin operation in 2021.

“With this contract, PowerCell will be part of developing the design and the technical specifications for what will be the most powerful maritime fuel cell system in the history”, said Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell. “This will be a milestone for us as well as for the global efforts to reduce the emissions from commercial ships and the experience we gain from this project will benefit us greatly also within other segments, such as stationary power generation.”

Several of the Norwegian fjords have been designated by UNESCO as world heritage sites, a recognition they risk losing due to the high emission levels. To counter this, Norway has introduced increasingly strict emission regulations for ships operating in the fjords and by 2026 only ships with zero emission solutions will be allowed entrance.

“Fuel cells provide an optimal solution for this type of maritime applications and is perfect for use in combination with battery solutions”, said Wassén. “These vessels have the space available for storage of hydrogen and can easily be refueled during one of their many stops. When entering the fjords, they can operate fully electric for a long time with no other emissions than water.”  

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