The H2SHIPS pilot port, Port of Amsterdam, is on course to launch its first hydrogen-powered vessel: Neo Orbis. Read More
H2SHIPS - System-Based Solutions for H2-Fuelled Water Transport in North-West Europe
The Interreg North-West Europe project H2SHIPS will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of hydrogen bunkering and propulsion for shipping and will identify the conditions for successful market entry for the technology. Two pilot projects will be implemented as part of H2SHIPS: A new hydrogen powered port vessel will be built in Amsterdam and in Belgium, ancillary equipment will be erected to power wind farm maintenance vessels and ensure safe and efficient operation of a newly built hydrogen refuelling station. A further major output will be an action plan for the implementation of an H2SHIPS pilot on the river Seine in Paris after the end of the project. H2SHIPS will demonstrate the added value of H2 for water transport and develop a blueprint for its adoption across North-West Europe, avoiding considerable GHG-emissions.
The Project has a total budget of € 6.33 million and receives € 3,47 million from from Interreg North-West Europe between 2019 and 2022. H2SHIPS has 13 Partners from 5 countries and is coordinated by Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung.
Long Term Effects
By the end of the project H2SHIPS expects to have created the necessary conditions for uptake of its technologies by 2% of the fleet renewal (retrofit or new) with positive impact on cross-sector industry uptake. This will lead to the creation of several jobs every year.
European Institute for Energy Research
EIFER is a widely recognized energy research institute, with more than 110 employees from 14 different nationalities, showing multidisciplinary know-how and competencies, involved in many European, national and regional projects on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen. EIFER is part of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, bridging the gap between academics and industries on advanced technologies.www.eifer.kit.edu/
Hynamics, a subsidiary of the French energy provider EDF created in 2019, aims at offering effective low-carbon hydrogen for industry and mobility. Hynamics installs runs and maintains hydrogen production plants by investing int the necessary infrastructure and helps link up different areas with H2 refueling stations for vehicles, trains, busses, lories and vessels.www.hynamics.com
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. The university hosts the Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research focusing on research and development, applications and demonstrations of fuel cell and hydrogen systems and technologies and a Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and their fuels which are both internationally recognized for their expertise.www.birmingham.ac.uk
Amsterdam Port Authority
The Amsterdam Port Authority manages, operates and develops the port, its infrastructure, maritime activities and industrial facilities in the Amsterdam-Noordzeekanaal-Ijmuiden region. It ensures a safe, swift and environmentally responsible management of shipping traffic within its working area. In the entire Amsterdam port region a yearly amount of over 94 million tons of goods is being transshipped.www.iala-aism.org/organisation/port-authority-of-amsterdam/
Delft University of Technology
The Maritime Transport Technology department of Delft University of Technology conducts R&D activities covering the design, build, operation of marine transport systems and their equipment.www.tudelft.nl/en/3me/departments/maritime-and-transport-technology/
Navalu is an French shipbuilder. It designs, builds and ensures the maintenance of innovative aluminium boats. Navalu built the first H2 powered passenger ship and was highly involved in the procedure to obtain a navigation certificate.www.navalu.fr/
SYCTOM’s activity is divided in three main actions: (i) Over 2,3 Mtons household’s waste treatment in the central area of the French Capital Region Ile-de-France; (ii) Management of 9 treatment facilities : waste-to-energy plants and sorting centers; (iii) Developing all kind of sustainable actions and support activities in order to increase selective collections (biowaste and packaging waste) promoting re-use and waste prevention.www.syctom-paris.fr/accueil.html
Port of Paris
Ports of Paris' mission is to develop inland waterway freight and passenger transport in Ile-de-France through the development, maintenance and operation of port facilities in Ile-de-France. The environmental policy of Port of Paris is characterized by a systematic search for the least environmental impact and the implementation of effective and ambitious solutions for the protection of natural environments and enhancement of the city-port interfaces in its social and urban dimensions.www.haropaports.com/en/paris
Port of Ostend
AGHO is an energy port, specializing in the production of renewable energy - both onshore and offshore production sites - including biomass, biofuel, and biosteam and the production of algae. A lot of investments go to circular economy projects, including heat recovery. Port of Oostende has a joint venture with University of Gent and Regional Development Agency to create an incubator center for blue industry and renewable energy, developing and testing new technologies in a towing tank.www.portofoostende.be/
Steinbeis 2i GmbH
S2i is a 100 % spin-off of Steinbeis-Innovation gGmbH, a non-profit organisation devoted to technology transfer, within the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Promotion. S2i core business focusses on technology transfer and exploitation of projects results through communication, dissemination and definition of business models. S2i has a strong experience in community building, foresight, roadmapping and outreach activities. S2i supports companies, municipalities and authorities.www.steinbeis-europa.de/
Hydrogen Europe is an umbrella association representing the European Industry, Research, and National and Regional Associations in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector. It brings together various industry players, large companies and SMEs, who support the roll-out of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, thus contributing to Europe’s low carbon economy. It represents the views of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry in EU and develop, together with its members, materials and position papers.www.hydrogeneurope.eu/
Transport & Environment
Transport & Environment’s mission is to promote, at EU and global level, a transport policy based on the principles of sustainable development. Transport policy should minimise harmful impacts on the environment and health, maximise efficiency of resources, including energy and land, and guarantee safety and sufficient access for all. Its work focuses on areas where European and global policies have the potential to achieve the greatest environmental benefits.www.transportenvironment.org/
Tata Steel Europe
Tata Steel is one of the world’s most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations in 26 countries and commercial offices in over 35 countries. The Tata group was founded on the principle that its activities should always benefit society. IJmuiden Tata Steel’s IJmuiden plant is located on the North Sea Coast of the Netherlands and produces organic and metallic coated strip products. The plant is in the top five of Worldsteel’s environmental benchmark of 52 global steel makers.www.tatasteeleurope.com/de/
Hub for Oceanwww.hubforocean.no/
Particuliere Transport Coöperatie b.a.www.rotterdamtransport.com/company/particuliere-transport-cooperatie
Les Vedettes de Paris Tour Eiffelwww.vedettesdeparis.fr/
45 Rue Kleber
University of Birmingham
Amsterdam Port Authority
7 De Ruijterkade
Delft University of Technology
35 boulevard de Sébastopol
34 Boulevard de Boisguilbert - B.P. 4075
76022 cedex 3
Port of Ostend
Steinbeis 2i GmbH
56-60 Avenue de la Toison d' Or
Transport & Environment
18 Square de Meeûs - 2nd floor
Tata Steel Europe
EIfER Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF-KIT EWIV
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|University of Birmingham||Robert Steinberger-Wilckens||R.SteinbergerWilckens@bham.ac.uk||United Kingdom|
|Amsterdam Port Authority||Jan Egbertsen||Jan.Egbertsen@portofamsterdam.com||Netherlands|
|Delft University of Technology||Klaas Visser||K.Visser@tudelft.nl||Netherlands|
|Port of Ostend||Wim Stubbe||Wim.Stubbe@portofoostende.be||Belgium|
|Steinbeis 2i GmbH||Paul Haeringfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|HYDROGEN EUROPE||Michael Diderichemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Transport & Environment||Faig Abbasovfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Tata Steel Europe||Gerard Jägers||Gerard.Jagers@Tatasteeleurope.com||Netherlands|
Reducing GHG emissions in the transport sector is crucial for climate change and air quality. Water transport plays a key role for persons and goods in North-West Europe, which concentrates 84% of European inland freight. However, almost 100 % of inland vessels are fuelled by gasoil which, similar to diesel, emits CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). Inland waterways and maritime transport sectors thus have large potentials to become more environmentally friendly.
The Hydrogen Solution
Advantages of hydrogen propulsion technologies over conventional combustion engines are considerable: Hydrogen can be converted into mechanical or electrical energy completely free of any emission. In addition, hydrogen propulsion systems operate silently and require less maintenance.
Hydrogen propulsion is already close to full market maturity and is the only option that allows total decarbonisation of waterborne transport with high efficiency and high energy density. Its uptake requires dedicated infrastructure, close to end users.
With predictable routes and proximity with other industries, water transport proves particularly well suited to hydrogen solutions. H2SHIPS aims to kick-start the necessary value chain.
Main Project Outputs:
- A demonstration project for H2-powered water transport of passengers (Dutch Pilot)
- A demonstration project for H2 infrastructure maintenance vessels (Belgian Pilot)
- A replication study for inland cargo ships
- An action plan for the implementation of a pilot in Paris in 2021-2022
- A blueprint for the uptake of a new hydrogen-based transport system in North-West Europe
- The creation of an H2 value chain that supports transport operators in implementing H2 products/services developed by enterprise-research cooperation
- At project end, direct decrease of GHG emissions enabling a longer-term reduction trend following market uptake
- Several jobs created within the new H2-powered water transport industry
- Positive impacts on the water transport sector and port cities
Two pilot projects will be implemented as part of H2SHIPS: A hydrogen powered port vessel will be built in Amsterdam and in Belgium, in Belgium, infrastructure and equipment will be built to power a H2 refuelling station in the Port of Ostend.
Pilot 1 - Amsterdam
The objective of this pilot is to demonstrate the feasibility of operating an inland port vessel with hydrogen as a fuel. The 20 meter long vessel will operate both in urban areas (Amsterdam's canals) as well as in the seaport area between Amsterdam and IJmuiden. The vessel will be completely emission-free and silent, operating with a battery and a fuel cell. Sodiumborohydrid will be used as hydrogen carrier, a powder (to be) diluted in water, which should guarantee a safe storage with a high flame point. The operational sailing experience with this innovative hydrogen storage should enable a quick implementation of this technology on board of other ship types, like inland vessels. Port of Amsterdam (PoA) will lead the pilot. PoA will contract the equipment, build the ship and operate it in the Amsterdam port area. Tata Steel will bring its expertise as a supply chain operator to this project. University of Birmingham will provide technical and engineering assistance for the adaptation of the propulsion system and carry out assessment studies. TU Delft provides and coordinates the body of knowledge for system components, hydrogen generation implementation and the integration and testing of the system on shore and on board. TU Delft will furthermore facilitate the transfer of the demonstrator technology and design towards a separate inland cargo vessel demonstrator, chartered by TATA Steel and operated by PTC, owner of the ship.
The brochure for the new Port of Amsterdam hydrogen vessel, HS Neo Orbis, can be found here.
In January 2023, the construction of the Neo Orbis began at the Dutch Shipyard Next Generation. Read about this exciting milestone here.
Pilot 2 - Ostend
The objective of this pilot is to erect ancillary equipment (electric infrastructure and safety equipment) needed for the operation of a newly built hydrogen refuelling station for maintenance vessels of the offshore wind farms. The wind farm supplies the port with green electricity which will then be used to produce green hydrogen. The pilot therefore fills an important gap in the overall hydrogen infrastructure of the port. H2SHIPS partner Port of Ostend oversees the construction of the refuelling station. The Interreg NWE project ISHY will deliver the core elements of the bunkering station. The pilot consists of two main steps: the finalisation of the design studies by June 2022 and the construction of the refuelling station with its commissioning expected to take place in February 2023.
In July 2022, the Hydrocat 48 - the crew transfer vessel with a hydrogen-diesel dual engine - was commissioned and has been bunkering hydrogen at the port since then. More information, here.
Image source: CMB.Tech
Below you can find all public outputs of the project such as newsletters and public deliverables.
“Vert Le Fluvial” Conference 2021 – The Energy Transition of Inland Shipping from the EU Green Deal PerspectivePosted on
On December 13th, VNF (Voies Navigable de France), the French national authority for inland waterway navigation, hosted the 2nd “Vert Le Fluvial” (Green the River) conference. The event gathered around 250 participants both online and in Lyon, from France and other EU countries. Speakers included shipowners and technology providers, as well as institutional and political stakeholders. Read More
On 19 November 2021, the BENELUX Parliament’s Committees on Finance and Mobility and Spatial Planning, Environment and Climate visited the H2Ships project partner and pilot site Port of Ostend. Read More
The third H2SHIPS Paris workshop took place on October 29th 2021. For the first time it was possible to have this workshop in person. The project partners had the pleasure to welcome the participants on board the Excellence, chartered by Haropa Port for the workshop and the international seminar that followed the same morning. Read More
The seminar on hydrogen solutions for inland and short sea shipping took place on October 29th on the ship "Excellence" at port de Grenelle in Paris and gathered about 50 participants from the hydrogen and river sectors. Read More
Save the date - Seminar on Hydrogen Solutions for Inland and Short Sea Shipping on Friday 29th October in ParisPosted on
The H2SHIPS project invites you to a Seminar on Hydrogen Solutions for Inland and Short Sea Shipping in Paris, on Friday 29th October. The detailled agenda of the event and a link to registration will follow soon. Read More
A joint workshop gathering partners from the two Interreg-projects ISHY and H2SHIPS was held on 17th and 18th May 2021. The two project consortia shared their experience and presented the latest developments in the field of maritime and port applications of hydrogen and fuel cell systems. Read More
A face-to-face and online partner meeting took place on June 29th and 30th in Karlsruhe. The main objectives of this two-day event were to prepare the activities of the second half of 2021 and organise workshops to discuss and agree on future strategies regarding community building and outreach activities. Read More
The second H2SHIPS Paris workshop was held online on June 17th. More than 30 participants representing French public an private stakeholders from the waterway and energy sectors participated in this event, aiming to present first results of the activities in Paris and to collect feedback. Read More
A new report drafted by lead partner EIFER presents a new tool to assess the feasibility of innovative propulsion systems for inland waterway vessels. Read More
Als Leitkongress der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft ist die gat|wat 2020 wieder ganz nah an den relevanten Themen der Branche. Im Kongress werden über 100 Referenten die aktuellen Herausforderungen der Energiebranche diskutieren.
The European Hydrogen Energy Conference (EHEC) is the Europe's conference of reference in the field of hydrogen energy. EHEC provides an excellent framework for updates on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and represents the best setting to show the latest advances in research, projects and products.
In diesem Jahr wird das HYPOS-Forum – die Jahresveranstaltung des Zwanzig20-Konsortiums HYPOS – mit der bereits sechsten Ausgabe fortgesetzt. Gemeinsam mit 200 Gästen diskutiert das Wasserstoffsymposium über aktuelle Entwicklungen aus dem Bereich der Grünen Wasserstoffwirtschaft.
After the successful launch event in 2019, Riviera Maritime Media’s Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Conference will return to bring together industry leaders who are adopting hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for maritime applications.
The event provides information about the latest updates on technology, policies and projects within the maritime hydrogen and marine energy industries.
GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2020 will take place from 14-16 October 2020 just outside Athens, in Piraeus, home to the largest port in Greece and one of Europe's largest ports.
HOC will be the largest online hydrogen event in 2020.
Thousands of the world’s smartest hydrogen executives, experts, scientists and policy makers join Hydrogen Online Conference for one reason: The Content.
The International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition is the foremost professional event in the naval engineer's calendar and in 2020 seeks to build on previous successes and expand its international credentials.
After gaining popularity among maritime industry leaders in the previous four years, the 5th International Green & Smart Shipping Summit is back to provide industry professionals with ways to reduce pollution from shipping.
The annual event for hydrogen and fuel cell experts provides an extensive overview for relevant international markets and industries as well as technological advancements. The interactive format offers an ideal platform for experts and newcomers alike to connect, discuss and set up sustainable business relationships.
Visit the H2SHIPS Platform! https://h2ships.org/
It is a comprehensive Knowledge Exchange Platform.
This platform will gather all the information and findings from the project for the stakeholder for H2 in water transport. Its aim is to stimulate the community-building for H2 in the water transport sector by providing information and news on H2 development.