27 October 2021

The Task 39 – Hydrogen in the Maritime Final Workshop took place last Wednesday, October 27th. 

The event started with some opening words by the Hydrogen TCP Chair, Paul Lucchese, who acknowledged the hard work carried out by Task 39 experts throughout the past four years. He gave an overview of the Hydrogen TCP’s activity and after him, Ingrid Schjølberg Task 39 Manager also thanked all Task participants for their efforts and briefly introduced the background of the Task giving the floor then to Jennifer Baumann, one of the Task experts of Task 39, who assisted in the final steps and edition of the final report.

Ms Baumann presented an overview of Task 39’s main goals, challenges and overall development, as well as the launch of the Final Report (available from that moment on the Hydrogen TCP’s website).

Ms Baumann passed the baton to some of the experts from Task 39 who contributed to different chapters of the Final Report.

The Technology Overview, was covered by Lindert van Biert, from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He went over the different alternatives for hydrogen storage: physical storage, liquid organic hydrogen carriers, metal hydrides or e-fuels, and different hydrogen power systems for shipping: internal combustion engines and fuel cells.

Janis Danebergs, from IFE, Norway, presented Infrastructure and Ports, giving details on current infrastructures in USA, EU and Asia.

From left to right and from top to bottom: Marina Holgado, Janis Danebergs, Lindert van Biert, Andrea del Cura and Jennifer Baumann in the first Q&A round

After a few questions from the audience, and a brief coffee break, the second round of presentations started. The main Barriers and Challenges for hydrogen in the maritime was introduced by Lionel Boillot, from FCH JU Europe, from different perspectives from regulatory/political barriers to those related to costs and safety or the acceptance of public opinion.

Both Stephen Turnock from the University of Southampton, UK, and Rafael D’Amore from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, presented New Concepts and Opportunities. They went over the production of hydrogen from marine renewables, the transport of hydrogen-based fuels, the port infrastructure, the on-board ship storage, the ship propulsion, the ship design, vessel types and arrangements and future directions for these applications.

Finally, Madadh MacLaine, from Zero Emissions Maritime Technology Ltd., presented a Review of Hydrogen-Propelled Vessels speaking about current trends and past projects and vessels and some more that are currently under construction.

From left to right and from top to bottom: Marina Holgado, Madadh MacLaine, Rafael D’Amore, Stephen Turnock and Andrea del Cura in the second Q&A round

After a second round of Q&A, Marina Holgado, Hydrogen TCP Technical Secretariat Coordinator and moderator of the event, reminded the attendants to visit the Hydrogen TCP website to download Task 39 Final Report and to follow the TCP in its social media channels.

It was a very fruitful workshop that showcased how the work done within the context of Task 39 has turned into a successful example of global collaborative research in hydrogen.

Read the full report here.

The Workshop was recorded, check the video here.

View and download the presentations used throughout the event here.