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


H2SHIPS is an EU Project funded by Interreg North-West Europe and will develop an infrastructure for shipping using hydrogen propulsion that can drastically reduce pollution and improve our air and water quality.

Website Objectives

This site is a resource for learning about hydrogen in shipping; a place where ports interested in participating can apply to get involved in the H2SHIPS Project and a place where specialists and laypeople can find a rich repository of legislative, educational and technical materials relating to hydrogen and fuel cells in shipping. The site is also a portal for sharing the H2SHIPS Project outputs.

Research Objectives

The H2SHIPS project has many objectives that will be delivered jointly by the project partners. A key aim is to develop a hydrogen storage and bunkering system based on solid borohydrides as a hydrogen carrier.  The concept is highlighted by our project partner from the Port of Amsterdam in this introductory video:


Shipping has an extremely high environmental footprint. Its costs include air, water, acoustic and oil pollution. Carbon dioxide emissions were equal to 2.2% of global human-made emissions several years ago and this figure is rising rapidly, predicted to rise 50% to 250% by 2050 unless action is taken.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector is crucial for climate change and air quality. While there is a need for tackling this challenge worldwide, our project focuses on North-west Europe (NWE) where water transport plays a key role for people and goods and accounts for 84% of European inland freight.

At present almost 100% of inland vessels are fuelled by gasoil (CCNR, 2017) which, similar to diesel, emits CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and Sulphur dioxide (SO2). The (H2020) PROMINENT project found that inland waterway and maritime transport sectors have great potential to become environmentally friendly and breakthrough alternatives are needed.

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