Genevos to supply fuel cell for hydrogen-powered refuse collection vessel in Lithuania

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Genevos to supply fuel cell for hydrogen-powered refuse collection vessel in Lithuania

Genevos is to supply the full Hydrogen Package for a next-generation hydrogen-electric waste collection vessel for the port of Klaipėda in Lithuania. The project is due to be operational in the last quarter of 2025.

A 42 m long and 10 m wide zero-emission waste collector, the first of its kind, has been commissioned by the port of Klaipėda, the main seaport in Lithuania and the largest port in terms of tonnage in the Baltic States. The vessel will run on hydrogen, as it has been identified as the fuel of the future, following a detailed environmental impact assessment. The Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency has authorised the production of this environmentally friendly fuel in the port of Klaipėda. Production is due to start in 2026.

For its part, Genevos will supply the complete H2 package, including engineering and commissioning services, as well as delivering two marine-certified HPM-40 units. These HPMs (Hydrogen Power Modules) will be integrated as range extenders. The “H2 brick” will complement the 2,000 kWh battery system installed on board to add 40% extra range at an average speed of 8 knots. This 24/7 tanker will be equipped to collect up to 400 m3 of waste from ships arriving in the port of Klaipėda, which will then be transported to onshore treatment facilities.

The €12 million vessel is already under construction at BLRT Grupp. It will be transported to Estonia to complete the construction process at Baltic Workboats, an innovative shipyard located on the country’s largest island, Saaremaa.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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