Hydrogen and fuel cells in maritime and port applications

The EU maritime sector carries three quarters of EU trade and transports over 400 million passengers at European ports yearly. At the same time, currently used technology emits CO2 and maritime transport alone is responsible for approximately 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Pollution and air quality issues associated with the sector need to be urgently addressed. In light of these facts, the European Commission called 2017 to be the "Maritime Year" to raise awareness for the potential and the challenges of maritime sector.

Fitting within the Maritime Year scope, on 15 and 16 June 2017, the FCH JU together with Fundacion Valencia Port, Port of Valencia and European Commission’s Joint Research Centre organised a two day workshop “Hydrogen and Fuel cells in Maritime applications”. This event followed on from the previous workshop "Fuel cells and Hydrogen Maritime and Harbour applications" in 2013 and took a closer look at maritime and port applications.

Over 100 participants had the opportunity to listen to speakers from industry, the European Commission and regional authorities. The workshop sessions covered numerous fields of interest, from ships and material handling vehicles to safety, environment and synergies between funding mechanisms.

The increased participation from the previous edition of the workshop points to rising interest in hydrogen and fuel cells in maritime applications. This positive trend will ultimately lead to greening ports and maritime applications, while fostering innovation. This, however, can only happen with enhanced support from the European Union and national or regional governments in the years and decades to come.

The workshop summary and presentations will be shortly available on this page.