Hydrogen-powered inland vessels along the freight corridor
between Rotterdam and Genoa are set to become a reality soon with the European
Commission sanctioning about $600,000 in funding for research to the RHZINE
(Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence) partnership. The Port of
Rotterdam is among the members of this partnership.
The research application was jointly submitted by the
Province of Zuid-Holland, the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia,
the ports of Rotterdam and Duisburg and RheinCargo. The partners will also be
contributing $600,000 to the research budget.
The European grant will be used to fund research into which
hydrogen refuelling stations are best suited for this purpose, hydrogen
technology and which legislation will be required in the various countries and
locations to allow inland vessels to switch to hydrogen.
The target is to have at least 10 vessels running on hydrogen
along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, the main freight route between the port of
Rotterdam and Cologne, by 2024. This requires three hydrogen refuelling
stations along the way.
In a second phase, the number of refuelling stations will be
expanded so that hydrogen-powered freight vessels can continue to Genoa. To
facilitate the use of hydrogen as a transport fuel, twenty parties have joined
forces in the RH2INE alliance.
The network members also intend to learn from each other via
RH2INE. They will achieve this by exchanging knowledge regarding the use of
hydrogen in inland shipping. Each of these parties plays a role in a future
hydrogen economy, from production to distribution to its utilisation in
The Port of Rotterdam has also formed a partnership with a
consortium of truck manufacturers, trucking companies and gas suppliers to put
1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks on the road by 2025.