Scottish Enterprise commissioned a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and commercial viability of using hydrogen fuel cells to enable the development of zero-emission ferries. The purpose of the project was to investigate the possibility of further developing the reductions in emission from the pioneering diesel/electric hybrid RORO ferry.
We provided technical input into the development of the on-board hydrogen storage infrastructure and the integration of the fuel cell into the propulsion system.
Our main role was the investigation of the shore-based hydrogen infrastructure involving storage quantities, methods and refuelling strategy while considering the hydrogen supply chain whether locally produced from renewable sources or remote production and associated distribution. Also included was the need for the system to be suitably reliable to support the lifeline service the ferries provide.