Construction is set to begin this month on the “world’s first” zero emission push boat which will powered by Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cells.
The 20-metre-long and 8.2-metre-wide boat, to be named Elektra, will be used primarily to transport goods between Berlin and Hamburg as well as on inner-city transport routes in Berlin.
Propulsion power for Elektra will be provided by the Ballard fuel cell modules along with modular batteries.
Ballard said it intends to ship three of its FCveloCity® 100kW fuel cell modules in 2020 and the company will also support integration, commissioning and testing during the demonstration phase of the project.
While the Elektra is under construction, electricity and hydrogen infrastructure is planned to be installed in the vessel’s inland waterways operating area.
Jesper Themsen, President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems Europe, said, “We are excited that the Marine Center of Excellence at our facility in Hobro, Denmark – which we announced in April this year – will be integral to our activities on this project with Behala and other consortium partners.”
“During 2019 we have taken on a growing number of European marine projects, a sign of the growing interest around zero-emission solutions for the marine industry, with the Elektra being the latest example.”
The Elektra project is being led by the Department of Design and Operation of Maritime Systems of the Technical University in Berlin.
In addition to Ballard, Behala and the Schiffswerft Hermann Barthel shipyard, other partners include Anleg (hydrogen storage tanks), Schiffselektronik Rostock (maritime electronics), EST-Floattech (batteries), and Imperial Logistics.