EU millions to electric boat

Rogaland County Council beat over a hundred others in competition for NOK 110 million from the EU to the development of a next generation speed boat.

The new full electric speed boat will be operated by Kolumbus and be put into operation on the route between Stavanger, Hommersåk and Byøy by 2022. The boat will accommodate 150 passengers and 20 bicycles, and be able to hold a speed of 23 knots. The illustration above is only for inspiration, and the actual boat might differ from this design.

– I am proud that we receive support from the EU. It is an important and great acknowledgment of our cooperation with the industrial cluster and Kolumbus to develop a zero-emission passenger boat. This means that Rogaland, and Norway, with the county municipality at the forefront, can become world leaders for the development of this type of technology. This is a major contribution to reducing climate emissions, a priority area, also for the county municipality, says Solveig Ege Tengesdal, county councillor.

Norwegian business cluster
This is one of the largest sums allocated to a single project in the EU research program Horizon 2020, and the project will revolutionise Norwegian production of zero emission vessels. The initiative for the project comes from the NCE Maritime CleanTech industry cluster. Rogaland county council is a partner in the cluster and will, as the owner of the speed boat route, and commissioner of transport services, be project coordinator. The boat is to be built by the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand.

The project is also supported by the Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway.
– The Research Council is impressed and proud of Rogaland County Municipality and NCE Maritime CleanTech who have succeeded in reaching the competition for high-ranking EU funds. Here it is only the best in Europe that makes it. Many Norwegian environments are top of their class, both in the public sector and in the business environment. We encourage more people to follow Rogaland's example of cooperation, "says international director for the Research Council of Norway, Kristin Danielsen.

Last updated : 30.01.2018