After a long break due to the Covid-related travel bans and restrictions, the members of the H2SHIPS consortium were able to meet again 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. Partners who could not travel to Karlsruhe participated online.
The first day of the partner meeting started with a presentation of lead partner EIFER by group manager Mathieu Marrony: within the European Institute for Energy Research (founded 2002), a team of 20 engineers and researchers works on hydrogen projects at fuel cell and stack levels, from components to system integration. After this brief introduction of EIFER’s activities, the first technical workshop on the H2SHIPS pilots started with a presentation of and discussions on the status of the pilots’ development. Port of Amsterdam and TU Delft stressed the importance to organize pilot tours and network with other hydrogen projects to exchange on barriers and key success factors for H2 projects. Our Interreg NWE Project Officer, Mrs. Rebecca Grossberg, participated in this session dedicated to the pilots and provided feedback regarding the implementation of the H2SHIPS demonstrators. The morning session ended with an overview of the main communication actions by communication leader Steinbeis. Partners agreed to strengthen the dissemination activities during the second half of the project to reach out to potential multipliers within the NWE region.