Project partners

ZEM Ports NS officially began in September 2019. The project has a budget of €4.3 million and is set to run until March 2023. The project consortium consists of seven organizations based in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

The University of Southern Denmark has 32,000 employees and is based in Odense with regional centres across Denmark. The Centre for Energy Informatics has extensive experience in Energy System Modelling; Micro Grid modelling; intelligent energy systems; multi-agent energy systems; multi-objective energy system optimization and control; and the socio-economic analysis of energy systems. Experience of these research areas was built up in a wide range of projects to support energy transition.

Aero Municipality

Aero Municipality is a Danish local authority with many competences including energy planning, transport and the environment. It is a small island municipality with a population of around 6,000 where maritime transport is crucial. The Municipality has a long history in terms of green energy transition. It was the first in Denmark to establish a wind farm and solar district heating. Aero's aim is to become CO2 neutral and self sufficient in renewable energy by 2025 and fossil free by 2030.

Future Proof Shipping BV (FPS)

FPS takes a holistic approach to make hydrogen-based shipping technical and commercially viable and FPS tackles challenges across the value chain to make this possible. FPS is a network organisation which has a small core team working with a range of experts so that the most appropriate knowledge and expertise is available for each project. FPS has been commissioned by a Dutch shipping company to develop a hydrogen powered short sea vessel.

PURE Energy Centre 

Energy Centre (PEC) is a manufacturer of small, medium and large scale hydrogen systems. PEC's focal point is the development of projects centred on electrolysers, compressors, and hydrogen refuelling systems operating at 350 and 700 bar. The PEC also provides Power-to-Gas solutions and is certified to develop renewable projects to produce green hydrogen. The PEC design, integrate, install and install fuel cell systems for both stationary and the transport sector.

SSPA (now a part of RISE)

SSPA has carried out research and development in ship design and operations within the maritime sector for 78 years. Efficiency, environmental impact and safety with respect to vessel design, ports and waterways are key research areas. In the areas of vessel electrification.

Project information

The project facilitates the use of zero emission fuels (electric and hydrogen) in the NSR ports and maritime sector.   The project looks at the role of ports in the interface between zero emission vessels and port infrastructure.  It especially addresses the  integration of zero emission fuels into the  port refuelling infrastructure and local energy systems as well as port and on-ship energy storage.   It will develop refuelling infrastructure for vessels and training for the crews of zero emission vessels and staff using associated infrastructure.  

The project addresses the shared challenges of emission reduction in ports and the maritime industry.  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) wants to reduce maritime sector emissions by 60% by 2050 compared with 2008 levels.   Studies suggest that this cannot be reached through the greater LNG use and  zero emission fuels must play a key role in emission reduction.  This major challenge needs a transnational approach due to the international nature of the industry.  The NSR is a world leader in zero emission technology.  The project outlines the actions ports must take to support and enable zero emission vessels to operate effectively. It will include practical solutions that ports need to take to service larger scale electric vessels and other harbour users and look at ways in which hydrogen production, bunkering and storage for hydrogen fuel cell vessels should be developed to promote the growth of hydrogen vessels.