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Following a decision by the Regional Committee, Veneto Region gave the green light to the public funding of HEPIC – Hydrogen Electric Passenger VenICe Boat – Project. Launched by Hydrogen Park, the project aims to realize zero-emission electric motor passenger boats, which will be powered by a hybrid system of Hydrogen fuel cells and batteries. 

The first new sample vessel is going to be developed by "Hydrogen Park Green Water Mobility", a group of companies led by the venetian enterprise Alilaguna and including the Vizianello Shipyard and the innovative start-up EconBoard. 

HEPIC Project will benefit from the essential technological contribution of both Enel Distribuzione, providing the infrastructure for electric handling, and Dolomitech, the company from Trento supplying hydrogen buses for the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships hosted in Val di Fiemme. 

This time, the main challenge lies in transferring to maritime environment this technology, which has already been delivering exceptional results to road transportation.

With the HEPIC Project Hydrogen Park resumes its mission: years ago, it all started with the launch of “Accadue” ship, which became the first Europe-wide successful project covering hydrogen-fuelled marine pleasure craft. Throughout 2014, in comparison, the European Commission showed open readiness towards this theme and on 28 October 2014 it issued a directive targeting the creation of a non-fossil fuel supply European infrastructure. 

“We choose to give a boost to this project” stressed with satisfaction Michela Coletto, President of Hydrogen Park and Enel Institutional Affairs Manager for North-East Italy. “as we do believe that the commercial and industrial development of hydrogen-related technologies is feasible. Our territory, encompassing both Venice and the north-eastern part of Italy, it has already extensive industrial expertise and knowledge in this sector: once established a network between them, and thanks to our project, new interesting outlooks of further developments will unfold. In my opinion Venetian public performances taking place during Expo might guarantee great international exposure to our enterprises’ business, especially since at European-level there is no substantial background in this sector. We also ask the Public Administration to do its part” added Mrs. Coletto. “There is the need for an updated norm on the use of hydrogen in water transport, in order to guarantee some certainties and future developments to such technologies”.  

“Months ago we embraced Hydrogen Park’s interesting proposal” explained Fabio Sacco, President of Alilaguna. ”In agreement with our partner Vizianello Shipyard, we committed to this project, as it perfectly aligns to our firm’s investment policy supporting zero-emission vessels. Indeed, hydrogen-fuelled motorboat are backing up electric-powered transports, which we have been progressively adding to our fleet.” 

“From the very start we agreed on Hydrogen Park’s Project” noticed  Matteo Ametis, Deputy Director of Veneto Innovazione “and since a few years we have been actively cooperating with this consortium. We are indeed sure that HEPIC Project can reach for a Europe-wide scope, as it fosters the synergy between remarkable competencies so far applied to different fields, i.e. road and water transportation. Moreover we hope the HEPIC Project may represent a further springboard to the implementation of a sustainable mobility regional program.”



The European Commission launched a package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. 

Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been un-coordinated and insufficient.

The Clean Power for Transport package consists of a Communication on a European alternative fuels strategy and a Directive focusing on infrastructure for clean fuels - such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas - as well as common EU wide standards for equipment needed.

The Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council requires member States to develop national policy frameworks for the market development of alternative fuels and their infrastructure, and foresees the use of common technical specifications for recharging and refuelling stations, paving the way for setting up appropriate consumer information on alternative fuels, including a clear and sound price comparison methodology.

The Directive claims “electricity and hydrogen are particularly attractive power sources for the deployment of electric/fuel cells vehicles in urban/suburban agglomerates and other densely populated areas.”



On June 5, 2014 at the motorway exit Bolzano Sud, the company Brenner Motorway Spa and the Institute for Technological Innovations (IIT) of Bolzano opened a plant for the production and distribution of hydrogen from renewable energy.

The medium-term objective of the project, called "H2 Südtirol", is to supply the public buses that serve the city of Bolzano. There are currently 5 buses operating on hydrogen. 

The biggest challenge lies in supplying private cars: starting July the Centre will make ten cars with hydrogen fuel cells available. The goal of the Brenner motorway company is to create a distribution network capable of fully serving the routes under its responsibility, with refueling points positioned no farther than 100 km apart in order to complete the "Green Corridor" along the Munich-Modena motorway section, which will be fully equipped to supply hydrogen. 

The hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources by electrolysis and then purified, compressed and temporarily stored pressurized in tanks, which then supply the vehicles. 

The Centre consists of three buildings, each having distinct functions: the first has the equipment for producing hydrogen by electrolysis; the second has areas for storage and the hydrogen tanks; and the third houses the organizational and training facilities. The hydrogen used to power the vehicles is used both in a pure state and mixed with methane. 

In nominal conditions, the plant can produce 180 Nm³/h, allowing the supply of about twenty buses, or up to 800 cars with fuel cells. 1 Nm³ of hydrogen can replace approximately 0.35 litres of petrol or 0.3 litres of diesel. 

The hydrogen production plant can replace approx. 525,000 litres of petrol or 440,000 litres of diesel a year, with a savings of approx. 1,200,000 kg of hazardous CO2 emissions per year. 

The newly-opened facility – Italy’s first on an industrial scale – has also been designed as a "demonstration" system open to the public through guided tours entitled "technology to touch”. It has training rooms and a conference hall. The aim is to foster new business in the industry and the diffusion of a more extensive know-how on hydrogen.


Speakers' presentations download available

On last June 14th Hydrogen Park and Confindustria Venezia hosted a full-day workshop on “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen for maritime and harbour applications: current status and future perspectives in the EU”, organized by the Joint Undertaking Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH JU), a public-private body based in Bruxelles.

Below you can download the presentations of the speakers at the workshop:

- Jas SINGH - Auriga Energy Limited - icon "The Bristol Hydrogen Ferry project"

- Heinrich KLINGENBERGH - hySOLUTIONS GmbH - icon "Project ZEMSHIPS"

- Didier BOUIX - CEA - icon Hybrid PEMFC System Experimentation in the Sailboat Zero CO2

- David BOOK - University of Birmingham - icon "Ross Barlow hydrogen powered canal boat"

- Joseph W. PRATT - US DoE  - icon "Maritime fuel cell power generator for refrigerated TEUs"

- Anneli OJAPALO - A. Ojapalo consulting Oy - icon "Demo 2013 project"

- Hubert LANDINGER - Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH - icon “HyLIFT-DEMO”

- Sebastian DIRK -  Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH - icon "Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH"  

- Dick LIEFTINK - HyGear Fuel Cell Systems - icon "Project PURE"

- Mark KAMMERER - Hydrogenics GmbH – icon "Hydrogenics’s boat projects on fuel cell"



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