The objective of this pilot is to develop and to test a floating modular plug and play H2 bunkering system, that can be used in marine conditions ( in the first place, on different locations within the port area) . Particular attention will be given to multifunctionality, whereby energy functions might be combined with environmental functions. Next to the technological challenges, the business case will be established. With this system, it might be possible to reach different parts within the port, whereby different clients might be served, like marine construction operators or inland barges. It is complementary to a bottom-fixed H2 bunkering-station. The port of Oostende will be responsible for carrying out of the pilot. Important element will be the dimensioning of the floating bunkering-system, as well as the certification.
The ports H2SHIPS activities have to be seen within the context of its much wider mission on hydrogen. In 2020 The Port of Oostende, DEME Concessions and PMV entered a partnership to build a green hydrogen plant in the port. Green hydrogen will be generated using electricity from wind turbines (399 to be built by the end of 2020). This hydrogen is intended as energy source for electricity, transport, heat and fuel purposes and as well as for industrial uses.
A demonstration project with mobile on-shore power will be implemented in the first phase to run an electrolyser of around 50MW. By 2022, the roll-out of a large-scale on-shore power project, running on green hydrogen is expected to commence. By 2025 a commercial plant is expected to be operational to serve new offshore wind capacity.
Eventually, the green hydrogen plant in Oostende is expected to deliver a CO2 reduction of around 500,000 to 1,000,000 tons per year. For more information click here.
The Port of Oostende Community.
Port of Oostende has an active user committee, which gathers local stakeholders to express their views and requirements regarding pilot implementation and feeding into pilot operations. Shipping companies and public officials have the opportunity to visit the port to learn how the bunkering processes of maritime vessels work and what the pros and cons are of a water-based and land-based bunkering system. Research institutes and centers will visit the maritime laboratory and its towing and wave tank that allows to study the impact of waves, tides and wind on ships and structures at sea and further allows to test inland waterway solutions before transfer to maritime environments. The Port of Oostende will disseminate the results towards maritime and port authorities, shipping companies, wind-farm managers and ship engine constructors with whom it collaborates in the NWE region.