The objective of the pilot of the Port of Amsterdam is to demonstrate the feasibility of operating an inland port vessel with hydrogen as a fuel. The 20 meter long vessel will operate both in urban areas (Amsterdam’s canals) as well as in the seaport area between Amsterdam and IJmuiden. The vessel will be completely emission-free and silent, operating with a battery and a fuel cell. Sodiumborohydrid will be used as hydrogen carrier, a powder diluted in water, which allows for safe storage and has a high flame point. The operational sailing experience with this innovative hydrogen solution should enable a quick implementation of this technology on board of other ship types, especially other inland vessels. Port of Amsterdam will contract the equipment, build the ship and operate it in the Amsterdam port area. Tata Steel will bring its expertise as a supply chain operator to this project. University of Birmingham will provide technical and engineering assistance for the adaptation of the propulsion system and carry out assessment studies. TU Delft provides and coordinates the body of knowledge on Sodiumborohydrid system components, hydrogen generation implementation and the integration and testing of the system on shore and on board.
Port of Amsterdam Community.
Port of Amsterdam has an active user committee, which gathers local stakeholders to express their views and requirements regarding pilot implementation and feeding into pilot operations. In order to encourage the uptake of new H2-based solutions, local stakeholders of the sector need to understand the reality of such systems. The H2SHIPS pilot will enable local stakeholders to become active in implementing solutions and defining future developments.