The (H2020) PROMINENT project found inland waterways and maritime transport sectors have great potential to become more environmentally friendly. Breakthrough alternatives are needed. Hydrogen (H2) propulsion is the only option that allows total decarbonisation of waterborne transport providing high efficiency and energy density with no local GHG emissions. A dedicated infrastructure close to end users is required and with predictable routes and proximity with other industries, water transport proves particularly well adapted to H2.
H2SHIPS will demonstrate the added value of H2 for water transport and develop a blueprint for its adoption across North West Europe (NWE). GHG emissions will be directly avoided: 46 tCO2, 561 kgNOx, 11 kgPM, 29 kgSO2. The partnership will lay the grounds for the emergence of a dedicated H2 value chain. Project outputs will include 2 demonstrations in complementary contexts to ensure replicability:
Pilot 1 (NL) New built hydrogen powered port vessel in Amsterdam;
Pilot 2 (BE) H2 distribution in open sea for maritime transport. Furthermore, an action plan for the implementation of a H2SHIPS pilot on the Seine in Paris in 2022 will be worked out.
LONG TERM OBJECTIVES: 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.
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