French Hydrogen Fuel Cell Maritime Shuttle Wins the CES 2022 Innovation Award

NepTech announces that it has been named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree for its new generation maritime shuttle.

The French company NepTech has developed a platform that can be converted into different models, from cargo vessels to marine shuttles and ferries, with a double purpose. On one hand, it will help reduce pollutant emissions levels, and on the other hand, it will provide alternative means of transportation, for urban traffic decongestion.

The 80-foot (24 meters) boat can carry up to 150 passengers, plus four bikes, and also offers onboard connectivity and anti-vibration seats.

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The regulation of hydrogen – what will it look like?

There is no specific legislation in relation to hydrogen and, in the absence of any forthcoming legislation (of which there is currently no sign), hydrogen will be governed by the existing legislation for natural gas, namely the Gas Act 1986 (“Gas Act”), with hydrogen being captured by the definition of “gas” ( “…….any substance in a gaseous state which consists wholly or mainly of- (i) methane, ethane, propane, butane, hydrogen or carbon monoxide; (ii) a mixture of two or more of those gases; or (iii) a combustible mixture of one of more of those gases and air” (Section 48(1) Gas Act 1986)).
 
The Gas Act also confers powers on the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority to regulate the UK gas industry, which it does through the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (“Ofgem”). It follows that Ofgem will be the economic regulator in respect of hydrogen and will issue licences pursuant to the Gas Act to anyone who wishes to engage in the supply, shipping or transportation of gas. Licences would also contain provisions in relation to the safe operation of gas networks transporting hydrogen.

So, what might future regulation of hydrogen look like and what regulatory and contractual frameworks need to be considered?.

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SWITCH Maritime Completes First-Ever Hydrogen Fueling of Maritime Vessel in US

SWITCH Maritime LLC has announced the world’s first hydrogen fueling of a commercial marine vessel was successfully completed on November 18th at All American Marine shipyard, and the vessel is now beginning its final sea trials before delivery.

The new 75-passenger ferry, called the Sea Change, received hydrogen into its 242 kg tanks on the upper deck. It uses that hydrogen in fuel cells producing electricity to power electric motors for distances up to 300 nautical miles, and speeds up to 20 knots – similar capabilities as diesel-powered vessels – with the added benefits of zero exhaust smoke or other emissions and very little vibration and noise.

The fuel loaded in the vessel’s tanks includes green hydrogen, produced in California by an electrolyzer powered with renewable solar power, which results in zero carbon emissions in the production of the fuel as well.

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group Officially launched at COP26

The only UK Marine focused hydrogen working group was officially launched at COP26 yesterday.

On Energy Day at COP26,  when we were informed that the world was moving towards a renewable future, leading influencer’s in the marine hydrogen space met in Glasgow to debate the use of Hydrogen to decarbonise the maritime sector and together officially launch the UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group.

The purpose of the group is to assist with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen and to be `the` leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and ultimately to provide more opportunities to members by making connections.

This well-informed group will work alongside the UK largest maritime network, National Maritime , to discuss the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

A special thanks to our co-host and lead of the working group, Tim Munn Marine Zero, and immense praise to our fantastic panelists, David Scott Steven Lua Derek McGlashan James Walker and not forgetting our wonderful guests. So much experience and expertise under one roof.

If you are interested in joining the UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group contact Tim or e: info@nmdg.co.uk

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Unitrove officially announces world-first liquid hydrogen (LH2) bunkering facility for fuelling zero-emission ships.

At last nights National Maritime #COP26 official launch of the UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group, Steven Lua Unitrove officially announced the world-first liquid hydrogen (LH2) bunkering facility for fuelling zero-emission ships. 

The facility was unveiled today and provided the opportunity to physically see the facility up close and to discover how the technology works. Unitrove also launched its LH2X brand, showing how liquid hydrogen technologies can be more widely be applied to the aviation, road, rail, and industrial sectors. 

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Join us at the Hidden Lane Brewery, November 4th in Glasgow for the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference.

We are once again hosting our hugely successful network event Time & Tide at this years COP26. This FREE event will bring together professionals from all aspects of the maritime sector to network and socialise.

Join us to listen and debate with a panel of leading experts who will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector and network with members of the National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group as they champion the drive to decarbonise the maritime sector

This COP26 fringe event will offer an informal atmosphere and relaxed environment to chat and do business.

Starts: 18.00 hrs

To register your attendance please email info@nmdg.co.uk

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group – Join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group

If you or your organisation would like to join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group contact Tim Munn or Peter Green or e: info@nmdg.co.uk

The working group is free to join and is aimed at those organisations or professionals that are either already involved in or have a desire to be involved in the Hydrogen economy.

The intention of the group is to assist with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen. To be `the` leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and ultimately to provide more opportunities to members by making connections.

With leading influencers in the hydrogen space working alongside the National Maritime membership, it is a well-informed working group discussing the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

Members of the working group will also be at COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference on the 4TH of November, Glasgow, where a panel of leading experts including James Walker EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre, David Scott David Scott Marine Ltd and Tim Munn Marine Zero will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector as they drive to decarbonise the sector.

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£1.3m awarded to a consortium led by Port of London Authority to enable Smart Maritime Land Operations for the Maritime Sector

A consortium of 8 organisations (1 Port, 2 SMEs, 3 Higher Education Institute, and 2 Research Technology Organisation) along with other supporting organisations, led by Port of London Authority have been awarded £1.3m as part of the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK MarRI-UK initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom (DfT). The grant will help develop a national #hydrogen highway network, integrating land, sea and port.

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group – COP26

At last week’s meeting of the UK SME Maritime Working Group at the magnificent Woods Quay, our co-chair and technology champion Tim Munn announced the launch of the National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group during DSEI and London International Shipping Week 2021

With planning well underway, the group will first meet during the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference where a panel of leading influencers will participate in a simulcast event between audiences in Glasgow and London.

The working group is aimed at those organisations or professionals that are either already involved in or have a desire to be involved in the Hydrogen economy.

The intention of the group is to assist with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen. To be `the` leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and ultimately to provide more opportunities to members by making connections.

With leading influencers in the hydrogen space alongside our members, it will be a well-informed working group discussing the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

To register your interest in the group and attend the events contact Tim Munn or Peter Green or e: info@nmdg.co.uk

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Port of Felixstowe Hutchison Ports UK Wight Shipyard Co & a whole host of Thames River Operators announced as Clean Maritime Demonstration Programme Winners

Building on the vision set out in the Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom Clean maritime plan 2019, the competition has allocated up to £23,259,000 match-funding to UK innovators to support the design and development of zero emission vessel technologies and greener ports through a series of technology trials and feasibility studies.

This one-year ‘springboard programme’ will lay the foundations for a network of real-world projects, gearing up maritime decarbonisation in the UK and sparking the transition to net zero shipping.

Following an independent assessment, 55 projects won the competition. Supported by private consortia comprising 208 partners from around the UK, these projects were announced London International Shipping Week 2021. They represent a total investment of £33.5 million and will be completed by March 2022.

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