NRW state government supports development of hydrogen supply concept for inland waterway vessels

23. Nov 2022

Minister Neubaur: The future of inland shipping is green – alternative propulsion systems make important contribution to achieving climate targets
Freight transport can also make an important contribution to achieving climate targets – for example, through alternative forms of propulsion in inland shipping. In order for inland waterway vessels powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be able to travel on the Rhine in the future, sufficient hydrogen refueling stations must be created.

Within the new project “H2 supply concept for inland navigation” a standardized supply concept for fuel cell based inland navigation is developed. On 08.11.2022, at the competence meeting “Klimagerechte Mobilität NRW” ElektroMobilität NRW, the approval notice for the one-year project was handed over to the consortium in the Flora Cologne.

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting the development of such an infrastructure in the RH2INE project and is now also funding the development of a hydrogen supply concept for inland waterway vessels powered by fuel cells. The corresponding funding notices totaling 226,500 euros were presented by Climate Protection Minister Mona Neubaur at the “Climate-friendly mobility NRW” competence meeting to representatives of the consortium comprising the shipping companies Rhenus SE & Co. KG and HGK Shipping GmbH, the Center for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT GmbH), Anleg GmbH and the ship classification society Lloyds Register.

Minister Neubaur: “Inland navigation can make an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. The state government has set itself ambitious goals in the North Rhine-Westphalia Hydrogen Roadmap and the “RH2INE” initiative: We want to get ten inland waterway vessels powered by hydrogen fuel cells up and running within the next few years. The hydrogen supply concept we are now promoting is an important basis for making this a success and significantly accelerating the change in propulsion for inland waterway vessels. I am convinced that the future of inland navigation is green!”

A viable hydrogen supply concept must be in place for shipowners to obtain the necessary operating licenses for new ships with a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system. The joint concept is to be the basis for and facilitate the individual ship developments of the participating shipping companies. This will also require the development of standardized hydrogen exchange containers, hydrogen lines and connections, which will be worked out in the project.

Background: The funding project “Development H2 supply concept”, which runs until November 30, 2023, is part of the joint initiative “RH2INE” of the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of South Holland to develop a hydrogen infrastructure in the ports of Rotterdam, Duisburg, Neuss/Düsseldorf and Cologne.
The “Climate-friendly mobility NRW” competence meeting is the annual event for North Rhine-Westphalian players in the fields of electric and hydrogen mobility. It is organized by ElektroMobilität NRW.

Text and image: MWIKE NRW (editorially adapted)

There is no time to lose and so work has already begun on 15.11.2022 in Duisburg. In the picture all four representatives with your Förderbescheiden. Picture: f.l.t.r.: Georg Dura (ZBT) Herbert Berger (Rhenus), Jan Andreas (Argo-Anleg) Nikolaus Schellenberger (HGK)

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