Scandlines  has recently proposed the use of fuel cell ferries as an alternative to the fixed link crossing between Denmark and Germany over the Fehmarn Belt.  The zero  emission ferries will use hydrogen generated by water electrolysis using surplus electricity from wind farms.   Scandline has said that fuel cell ferries could be in operation in 2017 assuming EUR500 million is invested in the construction of the ships.

Scandlines sees the development of fuel cell ferries as a strategic move that could protect jobs, ensure the potential for further innovation in the region and position the company to benefit from a global focus on more sustainable shipping in the future.