System-based Solutions for H2-fuelled Water Transport in North-West Europe

Project Objectives

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 these technologies. Two pilot projects will be implemented as part of H2SHIPS:

A hydrogen powered port vessel will be built in Amsterdam and in Belgium a Hydrogen refuelling system for maritime ports 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 will demonstrate the added-value of H2 for water transport and develop a blueprint for its adoption across North-West Europe which can avoid considerable GHG and particle emissions arising from shipping.

Main Project Outputs
  • A demonstration project for H2-powered water transport of passengers and for offshore H2 refueling
  • A replication study for inland cargo ships
  • An action plan for the implementation of a pilot in Paris in 2021-2022
  • A blueprint for the uptake of a new hydrogen-based transport system in North-West Europe
  • The creation of an H2 value chain that supports transport operators in implementing H2 products/services developed by enterprise-research cooperation
  • Positive impacts on the water transport sector and port cities

This project has received funding from Interreg North-West-Europe. The Interreg North-West Europe Programme is part of the European Cohesion Policy and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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