ZEWT - WATERBORNE WORKSHOP - 7 FEB 2022
This is a reflection of Horizon 2020 funding, presumably leading on to Horizon Europe to our way of thinking, looking backwards at the results of 7 years of spend on R&D and innovation by the EU, aimed at delivering green waterborne transport achievement: Container Ships, Ferries, Cruise Liners, Riverboats, Barges, Etc. Sailing pleasure boats are of course zero emission, save where they have an onboard diesel.
This was a confused period of time for many, where Liquid Natural Gas reared its head, seeing some fleet operators and ports investing in ships and infrastructure, but with limited guidance from the IMO, who are behind the curve when it come to issue of rules or guidelines. But, thankfully have issued some recommendations to help get things moving. Whereas, it is widely considered that LNG cannot provide a sustainable solution and was simply a stop gap to allow use of converted diesel vessels. (A view we share) Solar power does not seem to have a look in, as a viable contributor to a percentage of onboard energy, where most ships have (or could have) large deck areas.
At present, hydrogen is not produced in sufficient quantities, and nor in the delivery medium cast in stone. Leaving the shipping world not knowing where to invest - with any degree of certainty. It is this gap in knowledge and technology that is preventing advancement, and giving the excuse for delaying the transition to clean ocean transport. Thus clarification is needed, with projects that demonstrate new technology - to generate confidence for investors.
Hydrogen can be used in converted diesel or petrol internal combustion engines with less efficiency (if all else fails) but with familiar sounds and servicing schedules, or via fuel cells to provide electricity for efficient underwater pod drives. Thus, methanol and ammonia come into the frame, alongside compressed and liquid gas.
It is against this background that advancement success must be measured. Hence, this event is a must for those who are seeking to divine an investment path and keep in touch with the latest developments.
WATERBORNE TRANSPORT WORKSHOP - BELGIUM 7 FEBRUARY 2022 9:30 - 16:15 HRS
ROSALINDE VAN DER VLIES - Director, Clean Planet Directorate
MAGDA KOPCZYNSKA - Director, Waterborne Transport Directorate
ASA BURMAN - Board Vice-Chair
(apologies) with Jaap Gebraad, standing in with thanks
DAMIEN MEADOWS - Advisor on European and International Carbon Markets
GABRIEL MIALOCQ - Head of Sector Clean Transport Industry (Aviation and Waterborne)
> E-ferry, Halfdan Abrahamsen, Media & Information Manager, Ærø EnergyLab (Municipality of Ærø);
> LeanShips, Pieter Huyskens, Director Research, Development & Innovation, Damen Shipyards
> HyShip, Jon Nordgard, Strategy Manager Wilhelmsen New Energy and Vice President Business Development Massterly
ANDREAS NØHR VESTERGAARD - Chief Advisor, Danish Maritime Authority Zero
Q AND A
> Lynceus2Market, Melinda Kuthy, Director of the Business Development Department, RTD TALOS
> SafePASS, Lazaros Karagiannidis, Senior Researcher and Project Manager, National Technical University of Athens
MARCEL ROMMERTS - Head of Unit, Transport Research, CINEA
JAAP GEBRAAD - Secretary General
Questions, comments & feedback to: Mihai.Barcanescu@waterborne.eu.
DRIVERS: LEGALLY BINDING TARGETS ?
COP26 was the event in Glasgow where countries revisited the climate pledges they made under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
it was agreed countries will meet next year to pledge further cuts to emissions of
carbon dioxide (CO2) - a greenhouse gas which causes
FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES
ARE PERPETUATING GLOBAL WARMING
DURAMAX - Hydrogen fueled diesel engines such as the 6.6 liter unit above, retain the familiar ICE format and service life limitations with the advantage that ship operators understand the technology. Hence, the 'leap of faith,' into what they perceive as uncharted waters is reduced to a hop.
ALL TALK NO ACTION ? - Greta Thunberg is right about blah, blah, blah. In a transitional period we need excellent leadership based on an achievable vision, with realistic targets. Funding zero emission marine transport is positive action aimed at moving us forward. As and when this research finds viable alternatives, we imagine that fleet operators will grasp the green chalice with both hands.
SIGNS FROM ABOVE - JULY 2021 - Floods in London, Belgium and Germany cause huge damage to property, with temperatures soaring. Despite this, one crisis now circulating is the “global water crisis”. That, in combination with the global warming crisis, of course is leading to mass crop failures, thirst and later mass starvation, unless we act now.
ZEWT ALORS - The solar and hydrogen powered 'Elizabeth Swann' has a hull configuration that is ideal to incorporate mass hydrogen storage tanks, offering ranges of up to 4,000nm on compressed gas, or the ability to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days (using other forms of hydrogen) to equal the famous Jules Verne round the world record.
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