Hybrid propulsion for coastal fishing

A significant amount of work is due to begin. Other ZeroKyst partners, including electricity firm Lofotkraft Muligheter AS and shore power supply company Plug AS, are responsible for building regional infrastructure in Lofoten, for shore charging and hydrogen.

Ten vessels will be rebuilt in Lofoten by Ballstad Slip AS, while green hydrogen will be produced on Vannøya in Karlsøy, an island municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, by H2 Marine AS. A hybrid propulsion line with battery and fuel cells will also be established by two more partners – technology suppliers Siemens Energy AS and Hymatech AS.

For commercial fishing, a host of innovations is expected, such as hybrid solutions with batteries and fuel cells for large and small vessels, an innovative energy infrastructure for the supply of electricity and hydrogen, services for the retrofitting and maintenance of fishing vessels and solutions for small-scale production of green hydrogen, utilising the oxygen and waste heat generated in the process.

Erik Ianssen, owner of Selfa Arctic AS and director of Hymatech AS, Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø, SINTEF Energy scientist Eirill Bachmann Mehammer, Minister of Education and Research Guri Melby, and Olav Rygvold, chairman of the board at RENERGY

Because hydrogen is not yet used in commercial fishing, there are various areas that still need to be looked at and investigated further. Hydrogen-powered vessels have several advantages, including reduced CO2 emissions, reduced risk of oil leaks and a better working environment due to improved local air quality and reduced noise pollution.

‘There has been a lot of interest in the project from the commercial fishing sector, and we have been contacted by several industry players who want to collaborate with ZeroKyst. The project will form a united power, which will transform the fishing sector. The ZeroKyst consortium is spearheading this transition by demonstrating the feasibility, reliability and safe operation of hydrogen-electric vessels and infrastructure fitting all segments of the coastal fleet,’ Eirill Bachmann Mehammer said.

‘The research part of the project will support ZeroKyst by feeding competence, models and technologies into the demonstration activities and analysing the potential impact of upscaling the technologies. We will also develop risk assessment models and sustainability indicators, and provide recommendations and guidelines on solutions. It is hoped that our research will lead to increased expertise and knowledge that will be made publicly available. Furthermore, the project will educate competent specialists in the field of zero-emission vessels and infrastructure.’

The third technology shift in emissions reduction is going to be in the seafood sector, predicts Erik Iansson, of Selfa Arctic AS, who is also a project manager for ZeroKyst

She commented that the expectation is that this will lead to more sustainable, local food production. Meanwhile, she continued, a widespread uptake of lower emissions shipping technology and stringent mandatory regulations in the future will both be vital to ensuring that the project is a success.

‘New knowledge and tests of technologies and solutions are all crucial for accelerating the green shift,’ Eirill Bachmann Mehammer said. ‘We are very excited to start working on this project together with the strong consortium of industry and research partners.’

‘We will be working all over the world with similar projects,” Erik Ianssen commented.

‘We are delighted that some have already made contact with us, and we hope that there will be more to come.’