Oldenburg, 15. Januar 2020

Hydrogen potential in the port of Emden

Shipping is already one of the most resource-efficient modes of transport. However, the volume of traffic on the seas will continue to increase in the future, higher demands will be placed on environmentally friendly shipping and, last but not least, a contribution must be made to compliance with global climate protection goals. There are still major challenges to be overcome on the way to a zero-emission ship, but there are promising approaches to solving how almost emission-free shipping could be achieved in the future. Some of them were presented and discussed on January 15, 2020 at the “Zero Emission Shipping” event in the Alte Fleiwa in Oldenburg.

Björn Thümler, Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture, summed up in his welcoming speech the role that the Competence Center GreenShipping Lower Saxony plays in the development and establishment of GreenShipping technologies. He sees the establishment of the competence center, in which the partners from science and industry work closely together, as a “lighthouse” that shows “how applied research can be carried out. Due to the close interlinking of research and networking, it does application-oriented pioneering work - science and industry benefit equally from this transfer."

Dr. Kaempny, Head of Department at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitization, emphasizes: “The topic of today's event 'Zero Emission Shipping' hits the nerve of the times. Environmental protection in shipping is very important. Today's program points show the high level of competence of Lower Saxony's economy in the development of alternative drive concepts, environmentally friendly fuels and innovative assistance systems that need to be researched further. "

A number of these innovative project approaches were presented by actors from science and research in the further course of the event, which was attended by over 130 guests. For example, representatives from the University of Emden / Leer reported to re-establish the topic of wind propulsion systems more strongly not only in Germany, but worldwide through the various approaches. One of these wind drive systems is the so-called "EcoFlettner", a Flettner rotor that is being developed and built in a consortium around the University of Emden / Leer and is currently being tested on the carrier "Fehn Pollux". Matthias Hesse, managing director of the Leer-based shipping company Fehn Ship Management, is convinced of the performance of the rotors and gave a comprehensive insight into the shipping company's experience with this innovative technology.

The use of alternative fuels was also examined intensively during the event. Rainer Runde from the shipping company Wessels reported on his experiences with the use of LNG on the "Wes Amelie", which has already bunkered around 8,000 tons of LNG since it was put into service in 2017 and has thus achieved considerable emissions and cost savings. The prospects for the use of hydrogen, methanol and ammonia were also discussed and the first pilot applications presented, the analysis of which the GreenShipping competence center is also involved in.

The GreenShipping Competence Center is initially promoting the use of methanol as a fuel for smaller ships such as Wadden ferries, offshore vessels and work vessels seen. Methanol can be produced from hydrogen generated with regenerative energy, so that ship operation is almost climate-neutral.

In addition to the area of ​​"drive technologies", the representatives of Jade University and OFFIS showed how the topic of digitization can make a contribution to improving efficiency. "Automation tools in assistance systems for reducing pollutants" were presented, as well as other approaches showing how digitalization can make a contribution to sustainable shipping and at the same time generate new business models.

The event was moderated by Tanja Föhr from the Agency for Innovation Cultures, who - to the great enthusiasm of the conference participants - created live sketches to visualize the results. The outlines of the results, presentations by the speakers and photos are available for download.

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