Ferry company Norled AS signed an agreement with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, and the shipyard Westcon to build and operate four environmentally-friendly ferries.
This four ferries will serve two stretches of sea connecting two roads in Rogaland county. Each stretch will be served with a hydrogen ferry but while one have an all-electric battery ferry as the other serving vessel the other stretch will have a biofueled sistership.
They will be operational in 2021, connecting the main Ferry company Norled AS roads in Rogaland county (Norway). The hydrogen ferries will be able to carry 200-300 passengers and 60-80 cars. One of the models will have a combination of batteries and compressed hydrogen fuel-cells, while the other will use liquid hydrogen only.
A fifth vessel – the push-barge with hydrogen propulsion delivered by ABB – will run on the Rhone river. By 2022 more than 70 ferry services in Norway will be run by battery- or hybrid ferries.