It’s already happening.
There are numerous feasible possibilities to hit the zero emissions target in the shipping industry; hydrogen, batteries, and even solar and wind power are proving their worth in the ‘race to zero’. Looking at the bigger picture, the expansion of zero-emission shipping will contribute significantly to the global efforts to halt and reverse the impact of climate change. And it’s already happening here in Rotterdam.
Scaling up in Rotterdam
Zero-emission shipping is far more than an idealistic dream. It is a reality that is already happening in the here and now. Rotterdam is a trailblazer, facilitating the development of solutions from pioneers that are making zero-emission shipping possible.
We do this by active collaboration between big companies and start-ups & scale-ups and helping to find the right investment. Also, by investing in knowledge institutions and Fieldlabs to develop, test and demonstrate new solutions for zero-emission shipping.
Investing in new technologies
Rather than sitting around waiting for things to happen, Rotterdam gets things going by investing in new technologies and pioneering companies.
Take hydrogen. As Europe’s Hydrogen hub, this includes welcoming innovations such as retrofitting an inland container vessel to be able to sail 100% on green hydrogen, which is currently done by startup Future Proof Shipping.
At Delft University of Technology, a global frontrunner specialised in maritime technology, a team of students is now turning their attention to hydrogen power after 15 years of developing solar-powered boats. Working together with the maritime sector to accelerate the transition to green energy, the goal of the Hydro Motion Team is to design and build a hydrogen-powered boat within one year.
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