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Nøé — Barillec’s zero emissions vessel

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Nøé — Barillec’s zero emissions vessel

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Nøé is the codename for the project to build a 35m ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells for the islands of Ouessant and Molène off the western-most tip of the Brittany peninsula. Ouessant is also known in English as Ushant. “We’ve had our eye on this for close to eight years”, said Barillec CEO Maurice Buttet.

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The 200-strong Brittany-based company is part of the Vinci group’s Actemium network specialising in onboard electrical systems. Since 1957, Barillec has installed electrical systems on vessels ranging from 35 to 140 metres. The company has worked on tuna boats for Africa, longliners for Kerguelen, Genavir’s Pourquoi Pas?, seismic vessels for GeofieLD, offshore installations, and even the bateaux mouches restaurant boats on the Seine. “We are a ‘glocal’ or global/local company. Our company retains the spirit of an SME while our group has a global presence and provides strong backing,” says CEO Maurice Buttet. “It’s a good mix: we have a solid group and the agility of a much smaller company.” After sixty years in the business, Barillec says it owes its reputation to demanding shipbuilders. “We specialise in power conversion and onboard energy management. We are