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US$5.5 million Flagships to deploy hydrogen vessels in Europe

THE European innovation project Flagships has been awarded EUR5 million (US$5

US$5.5 million Flagships to deploy hydrogen vessels in Europe

THE European innovation project Flagships has been awarded EUR5 million (US$5

16 June 2019 - 19:00

THE European innovation project Flagships has been awarded EUR5 million (US$5.5 million) from the EU to support deploying two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway.

The Flagships project contributes in building two new build vessels, one in Lyon, France and one in Stavanger, Norway. In Lyon, a hydrogen push-boat operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT) will serve as a utility vessel on one of its most demanding rivers, the Rhone.



In Stavanger, hydrogen is intended to power a passenger and car ferry operated by Norled as part of the local public transport network.



The funds awarded to the Flagships project have been granted from EU's Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.



'Both the EU and the shipping industry see hydrogen as a key contributor in the work to mitigate climate change,' said project manager Antti Pohjoranta from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.



'The Flagships project sets out to raise the readiness of hydrogen-powered waterborne transport to a new level globally,' he said.


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