HELION Hydrogen Power will work with the shipowner The Crew and the Orion Naval Solutions design office on the integration of a fuel cell in a river barge as a decarbonated engine solution.
The company Crew, whose head office is in Haute Garonne, launched the study for the construction of a self-propelled engine capable of navigating the entire European equipped network a hydrogen fuel cell. This, with the direct financial assistance of VNF as part of the PAMI 2018-2019 Innovation Component (Modernization and Innovation Assistance Plan), ADEME and the BPI competition
HyBarge plans a first phase of study in the spring of 2020 to validate the system of hydrogen fuel cell. Located on a quay in the harbor of Toulon, the objective is to test the marine version of the battery (water cooling against current cooling) air) by feeding electric boats. Ultimately, this electric propulsion system should be adaptable on a new or old boat.
The HyBarge project will contribute to the development of decarbonated river engines that are silent, meeting the new European requirements. At the moment the question of climate change becomes paramount, this project also aims to respond to shippers in search of alternative modes of transport to the road, with a growing interest in river transport.
For example, the perspective of the disposal of the cuttings from the piercing of the third Toulouse metro line has led construction companies likely to operate on this site, to consider very seriously to charter boats on the Canal des Deux Mers. This device would avoid overloading the downtown of the “Pink City”, several hundreds more trucks per day, throughout the duration of the works and will open prospects for urban river logistics