The Mirai Team Norway started the journey on the DFDS ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen. The ferry route is a vintage route from Oslo now a hot candidate to become a zero emission solution. By fuelling 44 Mt of compressed hydrogen stored in large Hexagon containers for the voyage, the ferry aims to become zero emission by 2027. An Ørsted wind farm linked to a major electrolysis facility is planned to feed the ferry, helping to cut some 64 000 Mt of CO2 per year. On board, a 23 MW fuel cell system has been designed to propel the engines. This is a major upscaling of fuel cell systems where currently the largest systems in operation produce only 1-5 MW. For the future travellers on this vintage route the new vessel will offer ample space for up to 1800 passengers and up to 120 FCEV heavy duty, preferably VOS trucks, or 380 light duty fuel cell vehicles.
The journey was comfortable but still under a somewhat sad impact of the tail end of the Covid restrictions. Wide alleys and people on every second table in the dining room were marks of the distancing nightmare. A quick tour to the once packed and pulsing upper deck night club was a comic experience leaving a lot of sympathy for the lonely DJ.
A mixed somewhat bumpy, night left the team in a bit mellow but in good spirit for the rally and ready for the planned series of meeting with core members of the thriving Danish hydrogen industry. Nel, Everfuel and Green Hydrogen Systems were mobilised by top management to welcome the team for very informative tours of the companies’ facilities.
The Mirai Team Norway
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Image: Voropur Beach
Image: Everfuel Head Quarter in Herning
Image: Part of Team Mirai Norway