RH2INE Kickstart Study

In order to assess the technical, regulatory and economic framework conditions and establish a blueprint for a standardized ecosystem for hydrogen applications in inland shipping a Kickstart Study has been elaborated in 2021.

The CEF-funded RH2INE Kickstart Study on the application of hydrogen in inland waterway transport was coordinated by the Province of Zuid Holland, in cooperation with the ministry of Economic Affairs of Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Port of Rotterdam, Duisport and Rheincargo. Together with experts from DNV, Buck Consultants/CE Delft/KIWA and ZBT/Energy Engineers detailed recommendations have been developed. The results are at your disposal.

The results of the sub-studies offer detailed insights into the sustainable integration of hydrogen as a transport fuel in the full value chain of the transport sectors with one of the highest potential demands for hydrogen: inland waterway transport. The corresponding Roll-out plan presents a strong outlook for the next steps to be taken towards actual implementation and scaling-up.

Main findings

To initiate the use of hydrogen in inland shipping in the short- and mid-term, the swappable compressed hydrogen container system approach is considered most useful for the coming period. Click on a study for a short summary/more info:


The studies show that implementation from a value-chain approach is within reach, provided that facilitating policy is there to support workable business cases for zero emission technology. The recommendations offer an excellent basis for further steps in developing the H2 waterborne infrastructure, potentially increasing the willingness for further investments in the whole ecosystem from shipbuilding and maintenance to hydrogen production and distribution.

Next steps

The results of the RH2INE Kickstart Study are used to develop a blueprint for the next phases. A so-called RH2INE Kickstart IWT ambition of three ship-owning companies and IWT operators as part of the RH2INE coalition to build twelve hydrogen ships and four refilling locations, is currently submitted to the EU H2 IPCEI First Technology Wave and to the second round of the Dutch Groeifonds Investment Fund.

Further opportunities in European funding, such as the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility of the CEF programme (published on September 16, 2021) and in the Horizon Europe programme, are being explored as well.

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