Innovative drive technology

Wind-powered assistance systems: Flettner

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In this project, the prototype of an innovative cargo ship for coastal shipping and for supplying islands is to be developed, which can largely fulfill the concept of the “zero emission ship”. In the development, numerous z. Partly already existing technical partial solutions can be integrated into an overall concept in order to design a ship with strong future relevance in detail.

Here you will find the detailed project profile.


Network for the use of methanol as a renewable energy source in sea and inland shipping

The ZIM network Green Meth is intended to create the technical prerequisites for the use of methanol as an alternative fuel for smaller ships in coastal and inland shipping as well as for work vessels operating close to the coast along the “well-to-wake” value chain. In the “small scale” area in particular, there is an increased need for research and development, since the use of LNG appears to be problematic here and approaches for alternative drives are necessary.

The use of methanol is suitable as a future-oriented, space-saving alternative on work vessels and boats on smaller ships in sea and inland waterway transport, such as sounding vessels and smaller floating dredgers, tugs, crew transfer or guard vessels, ferries, island supply, inland - and coasters.

Fuel choice / alternative fuels

The use of hydrogen (H.2is considered to be a key element in shaping the energy transition. In the north of the Netherlands and Germany in particular, where renewable energy is increasingly being generated, the use of hydrogen as an energy source is becoming increasingly important.

H2Watt offers the platform for the realization of numerous implementation projects. The focus is on processes and systems for the efficient production, storage, transport and use of hydrogen.

The activities take place on the islands of Ameland and Borkum. Due to the natural conditions in the Wadden Sea, there are optimal conditions for the production of "green" hydrogen, e.g. with the help of wind and solar systems as well as wave and tidal power plants. Another advantage of the island location is that the supply system can be viewed independently.

The objective of the H2Watt project is to prepare the economy on both sides of the border across sectors for the new requirements and potentials that result from the introduction of the key technology hydrogen. In addition, technological development and the transfer of knowledge in the hydrogen economy are being driven by:

  • Consideration of the possibilities for generation, storage, transport and use of renewable energies
  • Analysis, testing and, if necessary, introduction of new, market-oriented technologies for hydrogen applications
  • Process development and modeling of a hydrogen value chain
  • Conception of a supply infrastructure or logistics chain
  • Development of technology concepts and project approaches for the use of hydrogen for different user groups

Further information about the project can be found here:

In northern Germany there is a large amount of regenerative excess electricity that is not used due to network bottlenecks. Wind turbines are reduced in their output or switched off because the electricity cannot be drawn off. Ports cause a large amount of CO2 emissions and air pollutants, which can be reduced by using more renewable energies.

The available surplus wind power is to be used to convert it into hydrogen (H.2) to make it storable and transportable and to supply different applications in the port area (e.g. applications for plants that use hydrogen directly or those that use the reconverted electricity).

You can find the results brochure of the project here.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas and can be proven to be a relevant contributor to climate change and its harmful effects. International, European and national strategies to reduce CO2 emissions are being developed to meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris Climate Convention. In this context, from 2017 onwards, seagoing vessels calling at European ports will have to draw up a CO2 monitoring plan and present it on request.

The project “CO2 capture, storage and transfer in shipping” (CO2ASTS) was developed with a consortium of German and Dutch companies and knowledge institutions in order to develop technologies for environmentally friendlier and lower CO2 shipping and to establish them on the market create an alternative to address the challenges of climate change.

You can find more information about the project here.

Further fields of action:

  • Slow Steaming, Ultra Slow Steaming, Super Slow Steaming
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