The companies De Ruyter Dieseltechniek BV and Koedood Marine Group BV have joined forces to realize the first maritime ‘zero-emission’ field lab: the HEAT.Lab (Hydrogen & Energy Applied Technologies).
The companies receive a contribution of € 40,000 from the SME catalyst fund Drechtsteden for the design of this field lab. The field lab will focus primarily on hydrogen technology, with the ambition to develop the first marine-approved hydrogen cell. In addition, work is being done on the (further) development and testing of other sustainable technologies. By setting up this first hydrogen field lab in the Drechtsteden region for the domestic maritime sector, the companies want to help the sector on its way to full zero-emission transport by water.
Hydrogen is on the rise. This fuel of the future plays a key role in the energy transition, requiring rigorous changes to meet climate goals while increasing the demand for energy in the economy. To emit around 30% fewer greenhouse gases in 10 years, emission-free technologies must become available to the market as quickly as possible. De Ruyter and Koedood, both as a manufacturer of marine engines deeply rooted in the Drechtsteden, make all the necessary contributions from their industry to making the maritime sector more sustainable. Cor de Ruiter (director of De Ruyter Dieseltechniek): “We clearly see that there is a growing demand for electrically powered and powered by hydrogen. In view of the increasingly strict emission requirements, we want to be able to serve our customers with zero-emission propulsion technology. HEAT.
Testing sustainable developments in practice
There are still uncertainties in the development of sustainable technologies. In order to be able to maintain the required pace, the innovative partners consider it of great importance to be able to test developments directly against reality. That is what the field lab is for. Sander Roosjen (R&D manager Koedood Marine Group): “The innovative hydrogen solutions that will soon come from the HEAT.Lab, can be used immediately on existing (hybrid) ships. Hydrogen applications already exist onboard ships – especially small ships such as tour boats etc. These are adapted hydrogen systems for trucks and buses. We want to supply hydrogen systems that are really developed for inland shipping. This means that the existing concepts for buses etc. must be reviewed, marinated and at least scaled up by a power factor of 10. With this, we want to give the zero-emission technology for the maritime sector a strong foundation in the Drechtsteden region. “
Connection with the region
The field lab will make an important contribution to a rapid and powerful market introduction of the hydrogen generator set of the future and thus to a substantial emission reduction. The Koodood Marine Group in collaboration with De Ruyter is a strong duo because a large part of the Dutch inland shipping market is already served by one or both companies and the target group is therefore within reach. Moreover, research and development from the field lab provide economic stimulation, including in the form of extra employment, and contribute to the knowledge and education of the region. Martin van Dijk (hydrogen ambassador Koedood Marine Group): “We combine our own knowledge and experience in new clean technologies and work closely with knowledge institutions and education. The University of Twente, the ROC Da Vinci College and the Sustainability Factory are strategic partners in the HEAT.Lab. In this way, we contribute to the future and innovative character of the maritime sector. ”
Ton Spek, Alderman for Sustainability of the Municipality of Sliedrecht:” In order to achieve the climate objectives, measures are needed to encourage entrepreneurs to join the energy sector at an early stage. turn around. It is great that two leading companies from our region take the lead in this way and can really make a difference from their strong position in the market. ” measures are needed to encourage entrepreneurs to get involved in the energy turn-around early. It is great that two leading companies from our region take the lead in this way and can really make a difference from their strong position in the market. ” measures are needed to encourage entrepreneurs to get involved in the energy turn-around early. It is great that two leading companies from our region take the lead in this way and can really make a difference from their strong position in the market. ”
For more information about the HEAT.Lab, look at: www.heatlab.nl