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UK Partners Assess Feasibility of Green Hydrogen Maritime Supply Chain

A collaborative effort to assess the viability of a green hydrogen maritime supply chain has been initiated in the United Kingdom. Lloyd’s Register (LR), a classification society, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with partners, including H2Terminals. This consortium aims to establish a novel logistics network centered around a floating offshore hydrogen production facility and a specialized short-sea liquid hydrogen carrier fleet.

H2Terminals, working alongside supply chain partners HiDROGEN and D31M, envisions developing a green energy supply system for industries along the River Thames and its estuary. This system would utilize green hydrogen from wind, wave, and solar power produced on a dedicated floating island approximately 100 kilometers offshore.

The project leverages the combined expertise of the participating organizations. LR, with its extensive experience in maritime safety and classification, will provide technical guidance and risk assessment. H2Terminals brings its knowledge of clean energy infrastructure development to the table, while HiDROGEN and D31M contribute their knowledge of hydrogen production and transportation technologies.

This ambitious green hydrogen initiative can potentially transform the logistics landscape along the River Thames. Establishing a sustainable supply chain could significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with maritime transport in the region. Additionally, the project could pave the way for developing a broader green hydrogen economy within the UK.

The MoU signifies a significant step forward in exploring the feasibility of this innovative project. The consortium is expected to conduct detailed studies to assess the technical and economic viability of the proposed green hydrogen maritime supply chain. These studies will likely encompass factors such as the efficiency of hydrogen production, the safety of transportation, and the infrastructure requirements for distribution and utilization.

The success of this project could have far-reaching implications for the decarbonization of the maritime industry. Hydrogen offers a promising clean fuel alternative for ships, particularly for larger vessels where battery technology currently faces limitations. The UK consortium could contribute significantly to the global effort to achieve sustainable maritime transportation by demonstrating the effectiveness of a green hydrogen maritime supply chain.

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