Inland waterways moving toward emissions-free shipping, writes Craig Jallal for Riviera.
High-density populations and an awareness of emissions are driving the inland waterway and short sea shipping sectors to adopt low-emissions technologies
Retrofit of the traditional internal combustion engine
Demonstrating the first example is the Condor H2 project, a collaboration that includes the Port of Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid Holland and more than 40 partners (including shipbuilder Concordia Damen and fuel-cell supplier Ballard). It aims to facilitate the operation of 50 emissions-free vessels by 2030, targeting a CO2 reduction of 100,000 tonnes per year.
The Condor H2 project will provide fuel cells with a battery pack and hydrogen storage on a pay-per-use basis, to enable ships to operate emissions free with limited upfront investments for shipowners. The hydrogen will be delivered in tanktainers which can be easily loaded on board vessels and quickly swapped when empty, allowing maximum flexibility for longer journeys.
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