Unveiled today (May 3), the tanker co-designed with LH2 Europe, to help develop the supply chain for liquid hydrogen and promote the use of sustainable practices across the globe.

The tanker is powered by hydrogen fuel cells and is also equipped with three liquid hydrogen storage tanks with a total capacity of 37,500m3, enough to refuel 400,000 medium-sized hydrogen cars or 20,000 heavy trucks.

As part of this project, LH2 Europe aims harness renewable electricity in Scotland to produce green hydrogen and market it at a competitive price with diesel fuel.

With this, the liquid hydrogen tanker will transport the clean energy carrier to terminals in Germany helping to capitalise on the growing market in the country.

There are also potential plans to expand this network to various other international countries, the companies said.

Dr. Peter Wells, CEO of LH2 Europe, said, “Hydrogen will be essential to the future of energy.  It is up to us how quickly we can make that happen. LH2 Europe aims to have a full liquid hydrogen supply chain ready by 2027.

“We plan to initially deliver 100 tons per day (t/d) of green hydrogen and ramp up production to 300 t/d within three years, depending on demand.

“This tanker design is a key step in providing the infrastructure to make that clean energy future a reality.  Current vessels in operation are not able to deliver hydrogen at the scale we expect will be required to meet the needs of the market.”

Job Volwater, Chief Commercial Officer at C-Job, said, “Liquid hydrogen provides unique challenges in ship design and engineering. As a comparison, LNG tankers use ballast water to compensate the loss of weight following delivery to ensure enough draft.

“As liquid hydrogen is high in volume but 20 times lighter than LNG, this required a unique solution. We have created a trapezium-shaped hull design which creates enough deck space to fit the tanks without the need for ballast.

“At C-Job, we have been researching alternative renewable fuels for many years and we are excited to work together with LH2 Europe to apply our knowledge and experience. Not only to realise a cleaner maritime industry but to support green energy across Europe.”

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.