Hydrogen canal tug “Elektra”
Elektra is designed to push the cargo barge Ursus, developed by the Design and Operation of Maritime Systems department at TU Berlin, and numerous other cargo boats. Elektra is tobe used primarily for transportation of goods on the Berlin to Hamburg and inner-city routes in Berlin. Its most important transportation task will be carrying Siemens turbines, whichneed to be shipped from the production site in the center of Berlin to the Western Harbor or to Hamburg.
“We have arranged for onboard and remote monitoring of the installation so everyone can check the performance.”
Diederick Stam – Technical director and Founder EST-Floattech
Support from Ministry of Transport
At a total cost of approximately US$ 14.2m (€13m), the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has contributed approximately US$ 8.85m (€8m), while the Projektträger Jülich and the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology have also made contributions.
The German consortium comprises Behala, Berlin harbor’s warehousing and logistics firm; Hermann Barthel shipyard; Ballard Power Systems, a supplier of fuel cells; Anleg,a supplier of hydrogen tanks; ship electronics expert Rostock; Imperial logistics, a shipping company; EST-Floattech; and TU Berlin.