SH2IPDRIVE LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR A STRONG MARITIME HYDROGEN ECONOMY IN THE NETHERLANDS, AND PUTS THE DUTCH MARITIME SECTOR IN AN EXCELLENT POSITION TO RESPOND TO THE EXPECTED MARKET DEMAND FOR NEW ENERGY CARRIERS.
Hydrogen is an energy carrier that can be produced carbon-free completely using green electricity. by electrochemically converting hydrogen in a fuel cell, electrical power can be generated on board to drive ships completely emission-free: no greenhouses, nitrogen oxides or particulate matter are released.
SH2IPDRIVE's primary goal is to develop reliable, safe, standardized, scalable and cost-effective solutions for zero-emission hydrogen-based ship propulsion and energy systems. In the project, new research is being conducted into the development of safe applicable technologies for hydrogen in four different forms: (1) compressed hydrogen, (2) liquid hydrogen, and hydrogen bonded to carriers such as (3) Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers and (4) borohydrides. Another important pillar is the scaling up of fuel cells. Developments at the level of components and subsystems are (modularly) integrated onboard, validated, and subsequently elaborated in five concept designs relevant for the Dutch economy: (1) inland vessel (retrofit), (2) inland vessel (new), (3) short sea vessel, (4) passenger vessel, (5) special purpose ship.