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In cooperation with local companies and Kiel universities, the test vehicle “Wavelab” is to be developed. The “Wavelab” is intended to offer the possibility to test state-of-the-art energy sources and energy concepts in a first implementation phase. This includes a purely electric drive via rechargeable batteries and fuel cells with hydrogen, as well as flexibility for retrofitting and researching LOHC in the maritime sector.

The fuel cell could be operated with green hydrogen “Made in Schleswig-Holstein”, as it is to be produced from wind power at the Heide refinery and in a bus project of the GP Joule company in North Friesland. Students from Kiel University of Applied Sciences have already started designing the autonomous experimental carrier in coordination with the shipyards and the industrial designers from Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design.

The Kiel Tug and Ferry Company (SFK), the operator of all ferry services on the fjord, has commissioned the construction of a new all-electric 100-passenger ferry for use on Schwentine line 2 in 2019. In coordination with the SFK, interfaces for tests with autonomous components are to be provided. The SFK has also approved the temporary installation of sensors for initial data collection on the ferries on line 1.

  • Test vehicle concept of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (© Simeon Ortmüller, Vincent Steinhart-Besser)


The Fjord area application for the financing of the ideas was submitted in September 2020.


  • Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH
  • ADDIX Internet Services GmbH, Kiel
  • Kiel University
  • Raytheon Anschütz GmbH, Kiel
  • Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel GmbH



Design study for the test vehicle from Vincent Steinhart-Besser & Simeon Ortmüller (Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design)