The Netherlands is one of the frontrunners in hydrogen innovations for inland and short-sea shipping


Image: ULSTEIN SX190 H2 Ship

July 27, 2020

A study conducted by the Dutch Expertise and Innovation Center for Inland Shipping (EICB) has shown that the Netherlands and Norway are frontrunners when it comes to developing innovative hydrogen solutions for inland shipping. The study shows that an increasing number of companies are currently investigating how hydrogen can contribute to sustainable shipping. 

Currently, there are 20 ongoing (research) projects in the Netherlands. All research projects are currently in phases of development. In 2021, the first demonstrative projects and ships are expected. Most (research) projects are focused on how hydrogen can best be stored or in what ways hydrogen should be refueled, either as compressed under high pressure or as liquid hydrogen. 


The study identified a total of 72 projects which are focused on hydrogen shipping in Northwestern Europe. The study found that 6 hydrogen vessels are currently planned to be taken into service in 2020/2021. The expectations are that this number will increase to 11 hydrogen ships in 2022 and to 16-65 during the years of 2023-2025. 


For example, The Norwegian shipping company Ulstein Group has recently announced it will start developing hydrogen vessels. Their flagship project is a zero emission DP2 construction support vessel, which will use a fuel cell built by the Dutch company Nedstack. The vessel is expected to be ready in 2022. 


See the full study here.

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