• Paardenmarkt 1, 2611 PA Delft, The Netherlands

ISHY - Implementation of Ship Hybridisation

Project description:

Shipping industry and suppliers must invest in low carbon propulsion systems, but facing a number of market failures, as:

  • Vessels have long operational lifetimes (30–40 years), so little incentive to retrofit or replace
  • Number of new built ships per year is low, so ROI in innovative systems
    for shipbuilders is low
  • Limited faith and knowledge in effectiveness of alternative propulsion technologies
  • Alternative fuelling infrastructures in ports are limited
  • Regulation, security and certification haven’t been clarified
  • Market control of traditional oil/gas companies, protecting traditional   fuel systems

To tackle barriers, challenges for this project are:

  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of low-carbon propulsion technologies in different types of vessels
  • To demonstrate the feasibility of H2 bunkering facilities in ports
  • To develop tools/methods which demonstrate and support the transition to low-carbon propulsion systems for new built vessels and by retrofitting

Overall objective:

Development, testing and validation of technical tools and socio-economic models (business cases) for the implementation of hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technologies in vessels and ports, and realising the development and the demonstration of the feasibility of these technologies by retrofitting different types of existing vessels, different kind of new built vessels and new bunkering facilities in ports in order to increase the adoption likelihood of this low or zero carbon technology in a sector with high impact potential.

Role of zepp.solutions:

Zepp.solutions is responsible for the development of a fuel cell module to be used in different pilot vessels.

Project results:

This project is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2022.