In 2017, Sør-Trøndelag County Council realised that it had to do something to lower the emissions of the public ferry services.
Otherwise, the County would not be able to achieve its own climate goals. Six speedboats emit the same as 1000 busses. Therefore, Trøndelag conducted together with 10 other Norwegian Counties in 2018-2019 a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to challenge industry to develop emission free high speed ferry boats. Five consortia delivered on the challenge and the Counties are now getting to procure the new emission free boat services.
The problem to be solved was this: “Enable zero emission operation of scheduled express boats that can carry at least 275 passengers at speeds of minimum 30 knots over 95 nautical miles".
Five consortia started the competition beginning 2018: Brødrene Aa, NTNU Technology Transfer / Flying Foil, Rødne Trafikk AS, Transportutvikling AS and Selfa Arctic AS. The 5 consortia brought together a variety of expertise to come up with an end-to-end solution that tackles the problem from all angles: ship builders, designers, engineering companies, system integrators, energy companies, operators etc.
The five consortia came up with different ways to address the problem: they proposed different types and configurations of renewable electricity that ranged from pure battery to pure hydrogen to hybrid hydrogen / battery solutions. All solutions were so promising that they all made it through to the final testing in the summer of 2019.
Source: Digital Single Market News (http://bit.ly/2rgaLG0)