Renewable Hydrogen for Inland Waterway Emission Reduction

Project: EU project

Project Details


The main aim of RH2IWER is to create a solid basis for the acceleration of hydrogen fuel cell powered vessels in inland waterway shipping by demonstrating six commercially operated vessels. These vessels are of varying lengths and types – 86m, 110m and 135m; container, bulk and tanker vessels with installed power ranging from 0.6 to ~2 MW. The project will also work with standardization of containerized fuel cell and hydrogen solutions. With the demonstration, standardization work and multi-level analysis, combined with vigorous dissemination and communication measures, RH2IWER project will create a basis on which the shipping industry can significantly reduce their environmental footprint and remove emissions from their entire fleet in the future. The inland waterway fleet comprises a total of more than 15,000 vessels and the vessels within RH2IWER are representative of the typical dry and liquid cargo vessels in the Rhine and Danube fleets, amounting to 12,800 vessels or roughly 80% of the inland waterway fleet. The lessons learned from developing fuel cell and hydrogen solutions for the vessels in this project could be applied more or less directly to these vessels, which would then immediately reduce the GHG emissions from these ships to zero.The consortium includes 14 European partners, with five shipowners Future Proof Shipping, Theo Pouw, VT Shipping, DFDS and Compagnie Fluviale de Transport with its affiliated entity Sogestion. The shipowners are supported by two of the main maritime fuel cell manufacturers Ballard Power Systems Europe and Nedstack, as well as world leading gas company Air Liquide and its affiliated entities Air Liquide Belge and L'Air Liquide SA. Lastly, highly respected knowledge institutions VTT, Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart and University of Genova with their affiliated entity H2Boat, will assist the companies in successful deployment as well as the dissemination, replication and exploitation of these demonstrations and technologies.
Effective start/end date1/03/2331/08/27

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • Air Liquide BV (Project partner)
  • DFDS AS (Project partner)
  • H2Boat S.r.l. (Project partner)
  • Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S (Project partner)
  • Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology B.V. (Project partner)
  • Verenigde Tankrederij B.V. (Project partner)
  • Sogestion (Project partner)
  • Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (Project partner)
  • InnovatieCentrum Binnenvaart (EICB) (Project partner)
  • Air Liquide Belge SA (Project partner)
  • Future Proof Shipping B.V. (Project partner)
  • University of Genoa (Project partner)
  • Air Liquide SA (Project partner)
  • Theo Pouw B.V. (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-03-05
  • fuel cells
  • inland waterway transport
  • hydrogen