Scandlines Proposes Fuel Cell Ferries Between Germany and Denmark

02 Jul 2012

Scandlines ferry

As an alternative to the controversial construction of the fixed link crossing between Denmark and Germany over the Fehmarn Belt, the ferry company Scandlines has proposed the use of fuel cell ferries. The intention is for these ferries to be ‘zero-emission’ due to the use of hydrogen generated by water electrolysis using surplus electricity from wind farms.

The construction of the fixed link underwater tunnel has not been finalised and is not expected to be completed within the next ten years. Scandlines has said that fuel cell ferries could be in operation in 2017, assuming an investment of around €500 million in 2014 for construction of the ferries.

Scandlines sees the development of fuel cell ferries as a strategic move that could protect jobs, ensure the potential for further innovation in the region, and position the company to benefit from a global focus on more sustainable shipping in the future. Scandlines has operated for over 50 years on the Fehmarn Belt between Puttgarden and Rødby and has more than 1,000 employees working on Fehmarn and Lolland islands.

Source: (in German) Welt Online / Scandlines

Image: Scandline ferry on the Puttgarden-Rødby route (courtesy of Scandlines)

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