Construction of a test vehicle

Encouraged by the Nobiskrug shipyard, which had already built a tug by apprentices in 2017 in a training alliance with other shipyards, a 20-meter-long passenger ferry will be built as a test vehicle in a comparable scenario with the shipyards and suppliers involved. In the project network, the industry partners can provide all the necessary components for creating a ready-to-drive ferry. Under the leadership of Nobiskrug / German Naval Yards Kiel, there will be a vote on the implementation. The marine propulsion system should contain different energy sources for test purposes. In addition to a conventional diesel-electric drive is purely electric drive via a battery with external charge but also provided with a power supply via fuel cells. This could be operated with green hydrogen "Made in Schleswig-Holstein", as it is to be produced by the refinery Heide and in a bus project of the company GP Joule in Nordfriesland from wind power.  A consideration of the already created design studies of the Muthesius University is aimed at. Students of Kiel University of Applied Sciences start designing an autonomous ferry in coordination with the shipyards and the industrial designers.

The Ferry Company Kiel (SFK)  is planning to build a purely electrically powered 100-passenger ferry for use on the Schwentinelinie 2 from 2021. In coordination with the SFK, interfaces for tests with autonomous components are planned. SFK has also agreed to temporarily install sensors for initial data collection on Line 1 ferries.