H2SHIPS - System-Based Solutions for H2-Fuelled Water Transport in North-West Europe


Project Summary

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 a H2 refuelling system suitable for open sea operation will be developed and tested. A further major output will be an action plan for the implementation of an H2SHIPS pilot on the river Seine in Paris in 2022. 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.

Partners

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

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

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

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

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/

Associated Partners

De Vlaamse Waterweg nv

www.vlaamsewaterweg.be/

Secrétariat de la Commission centrale pour la navigation du Rhin (CCNR)

www.ccr-zkr.org/11010100-fr.html

Issy-les-Moulineaux

www.issy.com/

European Marine Energy Centre Limited

www.emec.org.uk/

Conseil Régional Pays de la Loire

www.paysdelaloire.fr/conseil-regional/les-elus/

Caisse de Dépôts

www.caissedesdepots.fr/

Hub for Ocean

www.hubforocean.no/

Les Vedettes de Paris Tour Eiffel

www.vedettesdeparis.fr/

Voies navigables de France

www.vnf.fr/vnf/

Blue Line Logistics

www.bluelinelogistics.eu/home

Ville de Paris

www.paris.fr/

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
EIfER Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF-KIT EWIV 11 Emmy Noether Strasse
Karlsruhe
76131
Germany
berthon@eifer.org www.eifer.kit.edu/
Name Contact Name Email Country
Hynamics Christelle Rouillé Christelle.rouille@edf.fr France
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
Navalu Camille Dujour navalu@orange.fr France
SYCTOM Frédérique David david@syctom-paris.fr France
HAROPA Cédric Virciglio cedric.virciglio@haropaports.com France
Port of Ostend Wim Stubbe Wim.Stubbe@portofoostende.be Belgium
Steinbeis 2i GmbH Andrea Immendoerfer immendoerfer@steinbeis-europa.de Germany
HYDROGEN EUROPE Michael Diderich m.diderich@hydrogeneurope.eu Belgium
Transport & Environment Faig Abbasov faig.abbasov@transportenvironment.org Belgium
Tata Steel Europe Gerard Jägers Gerard.Jagers@Tatasteeleurope.com Netherlands

Why H2SHIPS?

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
  • A demonstration project for offshore H2 refueling
  • 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 a H2 refuelling system suitable for open sea operation will be developed and tested.

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.

Pilot 2 - Oostende

The objective of this pilot is to develop and test a modular plug and play H2 bunkering system, that can be used in marine conditions. 2 different systems will be implemented.

The port of Oostende (PO) will be responsible for carrying out of the pilot. The University of Gent and TU Delft will provide the body of knowledge and will contribute to the design and evaluation of the 2 bunkering systems to be implemented and tested.

Below you can find all public outputs of the project such as newsletters and public deliverables.

News



Events


CCNR Workshop "Alternative Energy Sources For Electrical Propulsion Systems" / Save the Date

, Brussels, Belgium

The workshop is dedicated to electrical propulsion systems that are supplied with electrical energy from alternative energy sources, such as fuel cells or batteries, and explicitly not to conventional fuel combustion. The workshop is intended to demonstrate that electrical propulsion systems will assume a pivotal role in achieving the objective of reducing pollutants and greenhouse gases in inland navigation. This requires the sharing of information on which technologies are already available or which are in development, and the technical, economic and organisational challenges to implementation that exist. The workshop is intended to identify targeted measures for supporting the energy transition and promote awareness of the fact that the inland navigation sector will in future require more electrical energy and alternative environmentally friendly energy carriers.
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EFC19

, Naples, Italy

The 8th European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference aims to bring together academia, research world, industry, public sector to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells technologies and clean energy
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In this place we are building 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.

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