Bühler GmbHPort of StocktonCimbriaSailors SocietyTelestackPort of South Louisiana
  • Cimbria
  • Vigan
  • Van Aalst
  • Port of Stockton
  • TMS Awards 2023
  • Geneva Dry

ABB enables first hydrogen-powered river vessel

(Posted on 23/05/19)

ABB will provide a power and propulsion solution for a newbuild vessel operating along the Rhône river in France to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells

ABB strengthens its position as the marine market’s frontrunner on hydrogen fuel cell technology through its role in FLAGSHIPS, the EU-funded initiative to deploy commercially operated zero-emission vessels for inland and short sea operations.

Under this initiative, ABB will provide a fuel cell based power and propulsion solution for a newbuilt push boat for the France-based Sogestran Group subsidiary Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT), due for delivery in 2021. With hydrogen for the fuel cells sourced from shore-based renewable energy, the complete vessel energy chain will be emission-free.

“CFT has been an inland waterways innovator for more than half a century. Powering river transport in a sustainable way is a new type of challenge, but it has become vital that we cut emissions on Europe’s inland waterways and specifically in the city centers. With this project, we aim to highlight that emission-free operation is both feasible and commercially viable,” said Matthieu Blanc, COO at CFT.

“Taking an active role in the FLAGSHIPS initiative, ABB continues to push the boundaries of e-mobility in shipping,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation business at ABB, which offers solutions for a wide range of industries, including marine. “As one of the world’s leading enablers of sustainable transportation, ABB is committed to writing the future of the marine industry that will see vessels plying the world’s waters more cleanly and efficiently.”

As a FLAGSHIPS member since the project’s start in January 2019, ABB has been working closely with Finnish research organization and project coordinator VTT and the leading global provider of innovative clean energy fuel cell solutions Ballard Power Systems Europe to develop an installation enabling a 400kW fuel cell to power vessel operations.

The project objective is to demonstrate that fuel cells are a practical and deliverable propulsion solution for owners and builders of mid-sized vessels carrying more than 100 passengers or the equivalent freight volumes inland or coastally. For this reason, the scope of FLAGSHIPS also includes assessing the operational impact of the switch to hydrogen as a fuel.

Once the fuel cell power plant has been fitted, the plan is to run the vessel daily, with special attention being paid to the refueling procedures needed to meet the operating schedule. Trials will therefore also provide insights into developing and optimizing the refueling infrastructure needed for hydrogen fuel cells in marine operations.

Fuel cell technology is widely considered as one of the most promising sustainable energy solutions for reducing marine emissions worldwide.

Latest News

Weathernews enhances SeaNavigator platform with powerful new tools

(Posted on 19/06/24)

In line with its focus on continuous improvement of its cloud-based SeaNavigator voyage-optimization... Read more


BOA: Ships should be built to seawater-lubricated sterntubeless design

(Posted on 14/06/24)

Future newbuild ships of all types should be built without a sterntube and with a seawater-lubricated... Read more


Survitec white paper calls for greater oversight for fire safety inspections

(Posted on 07/06/24)

Global Survival Technology solutions provider Survitec has highlighted the dangers of inadequate maintenance... Read more


Making sense of real-time load measurement

(Posted on 07/06/24)

The handling of dry bulk materials used to be a completely manual process, but it is now being increasingly... Read more


Laskaridis Shipping and Metis to find pathways to low carbon future

(Posted on 01/06/24)

A research project which brings together The Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in... Read more


BWM delivers dust suppression system at Fraser Surrey docks

(Posted on 31/05/24)

Australia based Blue Water Misting (BWM) has delivered and commissioned a dust suppression system at... Read more


A new era in ballast water management

(Posted on 31/05/24)

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 Ultra is the latest ballast water management system (BWMS) built on proven... Read more


New Ro-Ro Radial Telescopic Unit continues Telestack innovation

(Posted on 28/05/24)

Telestack are launching the NEW TSR 40 Radial Telescopic, the only Roll On-Roll Off (Ro-Ro) Radial Telescopic... Read more


Florida port orders two Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 MHCs

(Posted on 28/05/24)

SeaPort Manatee will bring extra capacity to general cargo and container handling at their operations... Read more


Liebherr-MCCtec GmbH honoured again with EcoVadis gold medal

(Posted on 28/05/24)

Liebherr-MCCtec GmbH has once again achieved the gold medal, which is reserved for the top 5% of all... Read more


TBA GroupTMS Awards 2023Van AalstViganGeneva Dry
  • Telestack
  • TBA Group

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping