Part funded by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, previously the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Flagships wants to take zero-emission waterborne transport to an entirely new level by deploying two commercially operated hydrogen fuel cell vessels by 2023.

Having now added FPS’ Waal hydrogen-fuelled vessel to the project, which should be sailing on green hydrogen next summer (2023), Flagships is now so much closer to achieving its previously laid out goal.

To meet the above deadline, FPS has said it will now work with fuel cell company Ballard Europe, ship design company LMG Marin and project coordinators VVT.

Eager to begin works, Richard Klatten, CEO of FPS, said, “We are deploying our second zero-emissions vessel here to help decarbonise this busy stretch of 240km inland waterway. This route is longer and has significantly higher and varying power demands than the route for the FPS Maas, pushing this project team to elevate their innovation efforts considerably.

“These are new challenges that we are ready to take on together with the Flagships team to blaze a new trail towards zero-emissions inland shipping for all.”

Jyrki Mikkola, Flagships Project Coordinator, added, “The demand for more sustainable technologies in inland waterway transport is on the rise. With FPS joining us, we have two ground-breaking vessels part of the Flagships project.

“We aim to raise the readiness of zero-emission waterborne transport in Europe, this truly brings us closer to reaching our goal.”

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