sus.lab participates in a groundbreaking maritime innovation project for the development and commercialization of hydrogen as a carbon-neutral fuel for the maritime industry.
The HyShip project brings together 14 European partners to design and construct a new ro-ro demonstration vessel running on liquid green hydrogen (LH2), and establish a viable LH2 supply chain and bunkering platform. Overall, the project aims to drive the use of hydrogen as a propulsion fuel and lower the associated operational costs.
The demonstration vessel "Topeka" will be the first of its kind to enter commercial service, as it will be operated by Norwegian maritime industry group Wilhelmsen and will distribute LH2 to hydrogen hubs along the Norwegian coast. It is planned to be operational starting 2024.
sus.lab leads the work package tasked with developing the business case and incentive structures for the LH2 value chain. The aim is to identify pathways towards an overall positive business case for LH2 by pulling together the cost factors and revenue streams of our partners and modeling the current and future business ecosystem for different waterborne segments. By understanding the business case, we identify the funding gap required for LH2 to reach cost parity with the fossil fuel incumbent, allowing us to tailor policies and incentives to accelerate the transition to LH2 and the diffusion of the associated technology.
The project received EUR 8 Mio funding from the EU’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU).