This is a specific support project to initiatives already taking place as EC supported projects and also as national initiatives. Specifically this project supports the current activities of the FC-SHIP and EURO-HYPORT (which is just finishing July 2003). While there is no pre-testing of hardware in these proposals, taking fuel cells and hydrogen aboard a ship will demonstrate a fairly new technology in a completely new environment. Before taking a decision to extent the current European research activity in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen to shipboard applications, it is of utmost importance to evaluate the technical, operational and societal obstacles (showstoppers) at forehand related to the shipboard system requirements and also the infrastructural context. Where necessary, mitigating activities to remove the obstacle must be proposed. The project will identify supporting European activities in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells in maritime applications and pre-screen potential partners (both regarding technical and non-technical resources) for participation in future activities, i.e. real scale demonstration of fuel cells and hydrogen on board a ship.
The overall aim is to reduce the uncertainty to a level that is necessary for securing project financial and technical support. The project has gathered a unique consortium group who is leading in this field in Europe. The group came about after uniting 3 EoI which all dealt with the same topic. All of them had the goal of bringing fuel cells to maritime application. However the consortium realised that further know-how was needed before moving to a real scale demonstration of fuel cells and hydrogen (or hydrogen based fuels). This is however the goal of this project, i.e. create further results which can be used to base future European research activities in this field on.
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