Gotlandsbolaget and H2 Green Steel, both based in Sweden, will jointly investigate the possibility of establishing a production facility to produce green hydrogen for Gotlandstrafiken’s future ferries to and from Gotland.

H2 Green Steel will operate one of the world’s largest plants for green hydrogen in Boden within a few years. With the expertise from the preparatory work before the start of operation of the Boden facility, a technical and economic feasibility study is now being carried out with Gotlandsbolaget to investigate and develop the possibility of supplying parts of its fleet with hydrogen as fuel.

Gotlandsbolaget is developing two new ship models that can run on hydrogen, the Horizon series, and the goal is for at least one ship to be in service by 2030.

The Horizon series’ propulsion is based on gas turbines with so-called multi fuel, which means they can be operated with several different fossil-free fuels. To run the Gotland traffic on 100% hydrogen gas, approximately 20,000 tons of hydrogen gas is required per year.

“The investment in the Horizon series is our most important initiative to reduce the climate footprint of shipping. The ships’ engines can be operated with several fossil-free fuels, but our goal is to be able to operate the traffic with 100% hydrogen gas. With the large quantities of hydrogen that will be needed, development of both manufacturing and infrastructure is required. Therefore, such a collaboration as we are now entering into with H2 Green Steel is an important piece of the puzzle to reach our climate goals,” says Håkan Johansson, CEO of Gotlandsbolaget.

“Through the establishment of our ~700MW electrolysis plant in Boden, we have created very good knowledge in the field of hydrogen. Our collaboration with Gotlandsbolaget is an important step for us to show that our expertise in large-scale hydrogen production is applicable to sectors other than iron and steel,” says Kajsa Ryttberg-Wallgren, head of business area hydrogen at H2 Green Steel.

Together, the two companies are now taking steps towards being able to supply Gotland traffic with green hydrogen by identifying locations for manufacturing and infrastructure to transport the hydrogen to the ports.

H2 Green Steel (H2GS AB) was founded in 2020 with the ambition to speed up the industry’s climate transition using green hydrogen.

H2 Green Steel’s founder and largest shareholder is the investment company Vargas, which is also a co-founder and one of the largest shareholders in the battery company Northvolt.