RH2INE partner meeting
This week, representatives from regions in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Austria gathered online to discuss the next steps in the organisational structure of the RH2INE programme.
As a follow-up to earlier discussions, a work package design was agreed to be the most successful approach to reach the goal of the rapid uptake of hydrogen implementation in waterborne transport along the Rhine-Alpine corridor.
While aiming for a future proof, modular, and scalable hydrogen infrastructure along Europe’s waterways, parties involved are fully aware that alignment of hydrogen initiatives in the transport chain is absolutely key.
Therefore on this occasion, participants briefed each other on current developments of projects and proposals such as Drivetrain (Germany), Condor (led by the Port of Rotterdam) and – on top of that – shared ideas on how to involve other regions in the hydrogen game.
With the first hydrogen propelled vessels in service this year, the energy-as-a-service concept allows for new initiatives from other regions for further scale-up.
Meanwhile, prioritising and establishing a solid multi-annual funding mechanism for RH2INE programme coordination were among the other topics that were discussed.
As a next step, further workshops with public and private stakeholders including ports are planned to support the initiation of a strategic roadmap, scout for new project ideas, and get those ideas to the next phase, connecting the different project partners. Also, a new website and database will be further developed.
Results are expected to be ready at the RH2INE conference beginning of September, to be shared with the complete RH2INE network and its stakeholders!