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Realising the world's first sea-going hydrogen-powered RoPax ferry and a business model for European islands

Objective

The HySeas III project will bring to market the world’s first zero emission, sea-going ferry that will be powered by hydrogen from renewable sources. It builds on the pioneering experience of the coordinator (Ferguson Marine), which previously developed the first diesel/electric hybrid ferry in 2013, and involves the leading European supplier of hydrogen fuel cell modules (Ballard Power Systems). The project will not only develop and validate this advanced ferry concept but a prototype version will be constructed and demonstrated in operational service with co-funding from the regional Government in Scotland (which will commission the building of the ferry). It will also demonstrate a novel circular economy model for the local production of hydrogen fuel that could transform the coastal and island economies around Europe. It will be implemented by eight complementary partners, from six countries (BE, DE, DK, FR, NO, UK), through seven interrelated work packages. These include the development and land-side testing of the complete drivetrain, integration within a new concept ferry design and monitoring of its performance in a real island-to-island environment (Orkney Islands). In addition, there will be a dedicated work package aimed at rapid exploitation based on evidence from the marine trials and an innovative business model to overcome the capital investment barriers to replication. The communication & dissemination work package will include engagement with potential follower regions across Europe and be led by the European Office of Interferry, which represents the worldwide ferry industry. Other relevant European associations and networks will participate in a ‘Stakeholder Advisory Group’ to ensure that the results are widely disseminated to all interested parties.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 494 570

Participants (7)

FERGUSON MARINE ENGINEERING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 635 128,13
Address
1 Redwood Crescent East Kilbride
G74 5PA Glasgow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KONGSBERG MARITIME AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 2 087 974,88
Address
Strandpromenaden 50
3183 Horten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 2 668 575
Address
Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ORKNEY ISLANDS COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 643 750
Address
School Place Council Offices
KW15 1NY Kirkwall Orkney
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
DLR-INSTITUT FUR VERNETZTE ENERGIESYSTEME EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 430 500
Address
Carl Von Ossietzky Strasse 15
26129 Oldenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
MCPHY ENERGY
France
EU contribution
€ 230 125
Address
La Riétière -Zone D' Activités
26190 La Motte Fanjas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN FERRY COMPANY
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 85 750
Address
Rue Ducale 67 B2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)