Dutch Port of Amsterdam has become a partner in the European project H2SHIPS which will focus on the introduction of hydrogen as a marine fuel
As explained, the Interreg North-West Europe project will
demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of hydrogen bunkering and
propulsion for shipping, identifying the conditions for successful market entry
Two pilot projects will be implemented as part of H2SHIPS —
new hydrogen-powered port vessel will be built in Amsterdam. In addition, an H2
refueling system suitable for open sea operation will be developed and tested
Another major output will be an action plan for the
implementation of an H2SHIPS pilot on the river Seine in Paris in 2022. Further
project outputs will include a blueprint for the uptake of a new hydrogen-based
transport system in North-West Europe, the creation of an H2 value chain
designed to support public authorities, shipbuilders and operators in the
implementation of H2 products and services.
A key objective is to provide knowledge in a way which can
be transferred easily to other regions with emphasis on how the different
measures can be scaled up, so they can be replicated comprehensively.
The project, which will receive almost EUR 3.5 million (USD
3.9 million) co-funding from the Interreg North-West Europe Programme, will run
for three years ending in July 2022. By then, a port vessel will be converted
to hydrogen and be fully operational, saving considerable CO2 emissions.
By 2032, a total of 58 hydrogen-powered boats are expected
for the project region.
Apart from the Port of Amsterdam, twelve other partners from
Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands will be involved in
the project, including the Autonomous Port of Paris.
Hydrogen propulsion technologies are nearing market
maturity, while still being too expensive to compete with fossil fuel-based
alternatives. However, their advantages over conventional combustion engines
are considerable. For example, hydrogen can be converted into mechanical or
electrical energy completely free of any emission. Additionally, hydrogen
propulsion system operates silently and requires less maintenance.