RH2INE awarded co-funding of the EU Connecting Europe Facility!

Recently inland shipping powered by hydrogen on the EU Rhine Alpine TEN T corridor between Rotterdam and Genova (IT), took a significant step forward. The RH2INE initiative, in close cooperation with the regions of Zuid Holland and Nordrhein-Westfalen, with the support of the ports of Rotterdam, Duisburg en RheinCargo, has been awarded co-funding of the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).  This EU contribution together with the financial support of the two regions and the three ports, will be used to develop the framework and technical scenario’s as a solid basis for the deployment of hydrogen powered ships and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure along Europe’s main trade corridors in the coming years. The Commission’s evaluation stated that the proposal was of excellent quality and  addressing key issues at the right moment to support EU’s climate ambitions for transport.

The ambition is to set sail with at least 10 hydrogen ships by 2024 between the inland shipping routes between the ports of Rotterdam and Duisburg, serviced by three hydrogen bunkering locations. By integrating the full value chain from the clean production of hydrogen, efficient distribution, innovative ship and heavy and light duty truck building, to the actual shippers and haulers and their clients, RH2INE seeks to twin the greening of Europe’s transport corridors to maintaining a resilient national and regional transport and logistics industry.

“Hydrogen is an intrinsic part of the future economy and one of the clean solutions for heavy-duty, long-distance transport.” said Zuid-Holland’ deputy for Mobility, Floor Vermeulen. “To achieve this, you need each other and I’m proud of the variety of stakeholders who have joined this initiative. From production, distribution to customer. We see this funding as a confirmation of the EU Commission that we are on the right track. It is also fully in line with our ambition to balance transport with liveable communities.

“We are very happy with the positive decision to support cross-border promotion of hydrogen technology. This confirms the RH2INE Programme as a positive way to steer the transport of goods into a more climate friendly direction”, says minister Andreas Pinkwart of Innovation and Energy in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The hydrogen market of the future will have to be internationally connected. Nordrhein-Westfalen is taking this into account in close collaboration with the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland”.