Ballard: Making waves

Several industry-first hydrogen-powered vessels are taking to the water on their maiden journeys this year, the culmination of multi-year developments where partners across the marine industry have been working on zero-emission propulsion solutions.

Powered by Ballard’s fuel cell modules, the first vessels to embark on their maiden voyages were Norled’s MF Hydra – the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered ferry – operating in Norway; FPS Waal, a retrofitted cargo vessel expected in service on the Rhine River in Holland later this year; and Zulu06, the first inland cargo transport vessel, launching on the river Seine in Paris in the second half of 2023.

Several years before the launch of MF Hydra, Ballard engaged in the first marine projects and started to test fuel cells in marine applications. Learning from different types of vessel projects has benefited the fuel cell products of today through continuous improvement and testing in real-world marine environments.

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