HDF – and its ELEMANTA H2 project partners have signed an MoU to deploy mobile systems for cargo ships, cruise ships, and tankers that provide cold ironing services in addition to the electrical grid using green or low-carbon hydrogen. ELEMANTA H2 will also allow hydrogen bunkering to address future hydrogen ship refueling demands.

In 2018, maritime transport accounted for 13.5 percent of total European greenhouse gas emissions. To meet the European Union’s target of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, the industry must speed its energy transformation. ELEMANTA H2 intends to help with the decarbonization of port operations.

Because of its advantageous location near Paris, the partners have picked the Port of Rouen and the Rubis Terminal area as a pioneer site. A demonstration barge will be embedded with a high-power hydrogen fuel cell system developed in France by HDF Energy, with the backing of Normandie Energies and the port operator HAROPA. The necessity for autonomy during port calls will be met by a high-pressure green hydrogen storage system.

ELEMANTA H2 is scheduled to enter service in 2025 and will provide a low-carbon alternative to the diesel generators that presently power these ships at dock, cutting CO2 emissions by 85 percent as well as all nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions during port visits.

The goal is to standardize and reproduce the technology across the major European ports, including future huge hydrogen hub projects, with greater power levels. Finally, locally generated hydrogen mitigates the influence of international fossil fuel market volatility.

Damien Havard, President of HDF Energy, said: “HDF is proud to bring its expertise in hydrogen technologies to the development of the Elemanta H2 barge. Thanks to its high power fuel cell mass production plant, HDF has solutions fitted to the major challenges of decarbonizing the maritime sector”.

Source: Marine Insight

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