For every 600 kg of waste collected, approximately 100kg of hydrogen can be produced, then stored in liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) in 20-foot containers, which will then be transported to shore.

The ship will be designed to run on electric motors using the LOHC produced on board which will power H2 Industries’ 19-inch eRelease racks to produce electricity. Using multiple rack will see a capacity of 2MW.

The ship which is planned to be over 150m long will travel at four knots, with the waste plastic collected by two smaller vessels towing a two-mile net that funnels the waste from the surface and up to 10 metres below it.

The collected waste will then be converted to hydrogen on board the ship using the same thermolysis process, H2 Industries have used on shore.

H2 Industries’ announcement comes following an assessment from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which claimed that plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030.

Michael Stusch, CEO of H2 Industries, said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the shipping industry can make a positive impact on reducing global emissions.

“At H2-Industries, the plan is to help decarbonise industry and power generation, while cleaning up our water resources and converting pollutants into an energy source.

“To achieve this, we are looking for investors. Once the investment is in place, we expect each ship will be built within roughly 24 months.”

North American Hydrogen Summit

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.