New Class of Hydrogen Ship Design will Revolutionize Renewables MarketMay 3, 2022
C-Job Naval Architects have designed a brand new class of liquid hydrogen tanker that will revolutionize the renewable energy market.
The hydrogen ship concept, developed in partnership with LH2 Europe, is a critical element in realizing a green end-to-end liquid hydrogen supply chain.
LH2 Europe will use the abundant renewable electricity in Scotland to produce green hydrogen and market it at a competitive price with diesel. The new tanker will transport the liquid hydrogen to terminals in Germany, with a strategic vision to expand supply to other markets as demand increases.
“Hydrogen will be essential to the future of energy. It is up to us how quickly we can make that happen. LH2 Europe aims to have a full liquid hydrogen supply chain ready by 2027,” says Dr. Peter Wells, CEO of LH2 Europe. “We plan to initially deliver 100 tons per day (t/d) of green hydrogen and ramp up production to 300 t/d within three years, depending on demand.”
“This tanker design is a key step in providing the infrastructure to make that clean energy future a reality. Current vessels in operation are not able to deliver hydrogen at the scale we expect will be required to meet the needs of the market,” he added.
LH2 Europe in collaboration with C-Job Naval Architects developed an initial design for a liquid hydrogen tanker of 141 metres and a storage capacity of 37,500 cubic metres.
Job Volwater, CCO at C-Job, says: “Liquid hydrogen provides unique challenges in ship design and engineering. As a comparison, LNG tankers use ballast water to compensate the loss of weight following delivery to ensure enough draft. As liquid hydrogen is high in volume but 20 times lighter than LNG, this required a unique solution. We have created a trapezium-shaped hull design which creates enough deck space to fit the tanks without the need for ballast.
“At C-Job, we have been researching alternative renewable fuels for many years and we are excited to work together with LH2 Europe to apply our knowledge and experience. Not only to realize a cleaner maritime industry but to support green energy across Europe.”
The vessel is powered by hydrogen fuel cells and will be equipped with three liquid hydrogen storage tanks with total capacity of 37,500 m3, which is enough to refuel 400,000 medium-sized hydrogen cars or 20,000 heavy trucks. The tanks will have a much lower boil off than those currently used in the maritime industry. The limited remaining boil off will be captured and directly utilized in hydrogen fuel cells, providing power to the vessel’s propulsion systems, resulting in emissions of water only. The vessel itself will have zero greenhouse gas emissions during operations.
The ship is expected to be ready and commissioned six months before the first delivery of hydrogen in 2027.
Vessel type liquid hydrogen tanker
Length overall 141.75 m
Rule length 135.75 m
Breadth 34.90 m
Depth 8.75 m
Draught design 5.80 m
Installed power 5,000 kWe
Speed 14 knots
Accommodation 14 crew
Cargo tank capacity 3 x 12,500 m3
About C-Job Naval Architects:
As a dedicated naval architect, C-Job is driving change. We are passionate about making it happen: a sustainable maritime industry in one generation.
Architectural innovation is our job. We help our clients to build better ships, become 100% sustainable, and run better because of it. Our portfolio of services, designs, and programs guarantees better OPEX and CAPEX for new vessels, as well as existing ones.
For more information, please visit www.c-job.com.
About LH2 Europe:
LH2 Europe is a dynamic new company founded in the Netherlands by a committed team of energy executives devoted to reducing carbon emissions in the transport sector.
LH2 Europe brings the skills, experience and ambition to meet the challenge of delivering significant volumes of green hydrogen to the European market and creating a sustainable and commercially viable supply chain.
For more information, please visit: www.lh2europe.com