Scottish Enterprise Advocates Fuel Cell Ferries

07 Aug 2012

Scotland ferry

Scottish Enterprise has commissioned a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and commercial possibilities of using hydrogen fuel cells to enable the development of zero emission ferries. Scotland includes groups of islands, some very remote, and ferry travel is an important means of transport with a number of ferry companies operating in the country.

The tender for this work has been awarded to a project consortium led by Caledonian Marine Assets Ltd (CMAL) who are currently also building the two first diesel-electric hybrid ferries for the West coast of Scotland.

The feasibility study will be used to apply for European Union funding for the development of a zero emission ferry under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) call, expected next month.

Scottish Enterprise is a sponsored non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.

Reference: The Press and Journal

Image: The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from North Uist to Harris (photo: Malcolm Manners)

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