French unveil hydrogen barge plans

Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) and a host of French partners have given details of the Elemanta H2 project, a cold ironing barge that will also be able to carry out hydrogen bunkering.

The partners have selected the Port of Rouen as a pioneer site where a demonstration barge will embed a high-power hydrogen fuel cell system manufactured in France by HDF Energy.

The barge will be commissioned in 2025 with an aim to roll out the technology to other ports around Europe.

Damien Havard, president of HDF Energy, said: “HDF is proud to bring its expertise in hydrogen technologies to the development of the Elemanta H2 barge. Thanks to its high power fuel cell mass production plant, HDF has solutions fitted to the major challenges of decarbonizing the maritime sector.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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