Bergen Engines To Provide Generating Sets For World’s Largest Hydrogen Ferries

Hydrogen Ferry
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Bergen Engines, known for its medium-speed engines and generating sets, has acquired a crucial role in powering the world’s largest hydrogen ferries.

The vessels will operate on Norway’s longest ferry route from Boda to Lofoten.

Bergen Engines is responsible for providing four C25:33L8A generating sets, which provide critical support power to vessels’ hydrogen fuel cells, which serve as the primary propulsion source.

The unique solution uses low-carbon hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as fuel for Bergen’s engines, contributing to the ferries’ hybrid power system.

HVO Fuel And Its Importance

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), generated from biomass sources such as vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste oils, is emerging as a sustainable alternative to regular fuel.

Impurities are removed using a technique known as hydrotreating, which produces a high-quality fuel similar to petroleum-based diesel.

Its acceptance in the marine industry is extremely promising due to its renewable nature, compatibility with current diesel infrastructure, and lower emissions profile.

HVO supports the rising emphasis on environmental sustainability in maritime operations by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur oxides (SOx).

The Hydrogen Ferry Project

Torghatten Nord commissioned the hydrogen ferries, designed by the Norwegian Ship Design Company, which Myklebust Verft will build as part of a collaborative effort to modernise marine transportation using locally produced hydrogen and Norwegian suppliers.

These ferries represent a pioneering approach to zero-emission maritime operations, with a hybrid propulsion technology that combines hydrogen fuel cells and HVO-powered generator sets.

Strategic Goals And Environmental Impact

The Operations Director at Torghatten Nord, Eirik Olsen, emphasises Norway’s capability to achieve zero-emission targets and support technical breakthroughs in maritime operations.

Torghatten Nord’s decision to become a large purchaser of hydrogen decreases CO2 emissions and helps to build the Norwegian hydrogen sector.

These ferries, scheduled for delivery in 2026, are expected to decrease CO2 emissions in the Vestfjord connection significantly, the equivalent of removing thousands of diesel automobiles from the road each year.

Bergen Engines’ involvement in this significant project demonstrates its credibility in supplying high-quality engines and generator sets for various applications.

Bergen Engines embodies the collaborative spirit propelling the maritime industry toward a greener, more sustainable future by prioritising innovation and sustainability.

Reference: Bergen Engines

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