European Hydrogen Ports Conference – First Speakers Announced

Written on the 3rd September, 2018

European Policy Solutions with the support of the University of Hull is organising a European Hydrogen Ports Conference in Brussels on 8 November 2018.  Further details and a Booking Form are available in the Seminars section  of this website.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers;

Antonis Michail, Projects Co-Ordinator, World Ports Sustainability Program

Antonis Michail will talk about the World Ports Sustainability Program.   The Program aims to demonstrate global leadership of ports in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United nations.  The program seeks to empower port community actors worldwide to engage with business, governmental and societal stakeholders in creating sustainable added value for the local communities and wider regions in which their ports are embedded.

Carlo Raucci, Principal Consultant, University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS)

UMAS has published a number of studies on the role of Alternative Fuels in the ports and maritime industry.   A recent report “Zero Emission Vessels: what needs to be done” was commissioned by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and Lloyds Register.  The Report concluded that “for hydrogen fuel cell options, the associated costs of the technology on board (both hydrogen storage and fuel cell) weighs significantly on the overall profitability.  However, given certain  projections used in the report, these costs may not be prohibitive, particularly if the development of the technology and its efficiency is encouraged through other industries and through policy changes.”

It is anticipated that UMAS will produce another report on Zero Emission Vessels before the Conference in November.  It has also published a report on Liquified Natural Gas which questions LNG’s capacity to satisfy IMO’s ambitious CO2 and GHG reduction targets.

Roy Campe, R&D Manager, CMB Group

Roy Campe will give a presentation about the Hydroville Project in Antwerp. Hydroville is the first certified passenger shuttle that uses hydrogen to power a diesel engine. The shuttle will  also be used mainly as a platform to test hydrogen technology for commercial seagoing vessels.    In the first phase Hydroville will transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during rush hour. The vessel will also be used for meetings/dinners on board or for a trip to the Port of Antwerp, It will also function as a demonstration platform for hydrogen and will travel to events in Europe.

The photo below shows the Hydroville Shuttle in operation

Gesa Reiss, Innovation Manager, University of Hull

Gesa Reiss is Innovation Manager for the Green Port Growth Programme at the University of Hull.   Green Port Hull is a partnership with a vision to establish Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire as a world class centre for renewable energy. Gesa will outline the opportunities for hydrogen in the Hull and the Humber area within the overall portfolio of renewables that is being developed in the Region.

The full draft Agenda  will appear shortly.

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