Port Liner plugs in electric barges
During the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, Port Liner and H2-Industries announced that they have developed and constructed inland barges solely propelled by battery driven electric motors. The system is based on liquid organic hydrogen carrier power storage technology (LOHC).
The Dutch company Port Liner, which already said it would construct electric cargo ships in January 2018, will be the exclusive partner for H2-Industries’ LOHC technology on inland waterway vessels in Europe.
Integrated fuel cells convert the hydrogen released from the LOHC into electricity - and a powerful motor uses it to propel the ship. The innovation means that the customary diesel engines which are used to propel inland barges could become redundant and CO2 and NOx emissions completely eliminated in the future. (kd)