A zero-emission propulsion concept has been developed by Future Ship for the Baltic shipping company Scandlines, and the technology is expected to be implemented on Baltic ferries within the next five years.
The vessel will run on a combination of solar power, fuel cells, batteries and wind power. It will be built with a streamlined hull designed to travel at up to 18 knots. Storage batteries hold some 2,400 kilowatt-hours of energy and a set of fuel cells with a total output of 8,300 kilowatts power the vessel engines. The fuel cells are powered by hydrogen gas stored in tanks located on deck that can accommodate 140 cubic metres of gas – enough for a passage of 48 hours. Turbines capture additional electricity from the wind. According to FutureShip, the cost of this design is approximately 25 per cent more than a conventional ferry.
“Short-sea applications are simply predestined for our zero-emission concept. The technology is there – it just has to be applied to shipping,” concluded Fridtjof Rohde, development engineer at FutureShip.
Source: Sustainable Shipping News, 24 October 2012