Hydrogen as a future marine fuel: Analysis of environmental and climate impacts of the conversion of the shipping on the North and Baltic Seas

The research semester highlights the opportunities, potential and obstacles of hydrogen use for the shipping industry - with a focus on Schleswig-Holstein.

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Hydrogen, sustainability, maritime energy transition, Schleswig-Holstein
05/01/23 - 10/31/23
University institution
Department of Energy and Environmental Management


The project "Hydrogen as a future maritime fuel" is a research semester funded by the EKSH with a duration of 6 months.

Cross-sectoral decarbonization is necessary to comply with the 1.5 °C target set within the Paris Agreement. Shipping (and aviation) are considered difficult sectors to decarbonize through electrification with renewable electricity. Schleswig-Holstein is at the center of shipping activities on the North and Baltic Seas and is an important maritime location in Europe. A climate-neutral transformation requires, in particular, the provision of carbon neutral alternative technologies and fuels that can be provided (on site) at optimal cost. Schleswig-Holstein can play a pioneering role in the maritime energy transition thanks to its expertise (shipyards, research institutions and sponsors). 

The overarching research questions "Is hydrogen (and its derivatives) suitable as a future marine fuel?" and "Which socio-ecological and techno-economic aspects need to be considered?" shall be analysed while establishing a list of indicators. Underlying questions are: Which obstacles, opportunities and innovations are necessary and/or promising for maritime hydrogen applications? How is the (North) German innovation landscape in the area of maritime hydrogen applications set up? 


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