The EU has awarded a grant of five million Euros to support the deployment of two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway.
The EU's Flagships project will contribute towards the construction of the two new builds – one in Lyon and one in Stavanger.
In Lyon, a hydrogen push-boat operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT) will serve as a utility vessel on the Rhône.
In Stavanger, hydrogen will power a passenger and car ferry operated by Norled as part of a local public transport network.
The funds awarded to the Flagships project have been granted from the EU’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
The EU says it believes that with increasing pressure for shipping to reduce harmful emissions, fuel cells and hydrogen will become key technologies in providing sustainable options for the international shipping industry.
The Flagships project brings together ship owners and fuel cell technologists with experience in electrical power system design, integration and manufacturing, ship design competence and energy management excellence.
The hydrogen vessels are due to start operation in 2021.