Hydrogen for the Maritime Economy

The project examined the suitability and potential of hydrogen for maritime user cases. The maritime economy with its seven harbours is of significant importance in the Metropolitan Area Bremen-Oldenburg. 

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has implemented Emission Control Areas (ECAs) to restrict and reduce pollutant emissions (like NOx, SOx). The harbours of the Metropolitan Area are located in an ECA. Hydrogen can play an important part in reducing these emissions. Electricity produced from renewable sources – e.g. from wind – can be used to produce and store hydrogen:
  • To use it as fuel for ships and vehicles operating in harbours, and
  • To re-electrify it for supplying harbours and ships with “green” power even on calm days. 

The project served as a platform for stakeholders from the region to exchange information and to network.

Workshops have been organised to discuss use cases for hydrogen as an energy storage medium and as a fuel for the maritime economy. The outcomes can then be used to develop further research and demonstration activities.

More information can be found here: http://maritimerwasserstoff.de/ 

PLANET's role 

We were a member of the project team and contributed our experiences and comprehensive knowledge in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector. Furthermore we have prepared a study on the state of the art of the hydrogen technology in terms of applications in the maritime economy.

Key Data

The project ran until December 2015 and is supported by the Metropolitan Area Bremen-Oldenburg in the Northwest.