European project H2SHIPS

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

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 system operates silently and requires less maintenance.

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 has 13 Partners from 5 countries and is coordinated by EIFER (Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung) (DE). Partners are: Hynamics (FR), University of Birmingham (UK), Havenbedrijf Amsterdam (NL), Technische Universiteit Delft (NL), Navalu (FR), SYCTOM (FR), Port Autonome de Paris (FR), Haven Oostende, (BE), Steinbeis 2i GmbH (DE), Hydrogen Europe (BE), Transport & Environment (BE), Tata Steel Europe (NL).  

The project has a budget of € 6.3 million and receives almost € 3.5 million co-funding from the Interreg North-West Europe Programme.

Steinbeis 2i GmbH supports the project management and implements the project communication activities, including the dissemination of results.

Project duration: 08/2019 – 07/2022

Participating countries: Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, U.K.

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