The aim of the exploratory project “H2 meets H2O” is to assess the feasibility and applicability of hydrogen supply along the Danube as logistics backbone from a technical, legal and socio-economic point of view. Therefore, based on a multimodal supply concept, from the production of hydrogen up to the end-users, the logistical basis for a subsequent R&D project with innovative pilot applications for inland waterway vessels, railways and trucks shall be created.
The preparatory work of the exploratory study is structured along three pillars:
- Analysis of basics principles and implementation potential
- Stakeholder analysis & network development
- Result utilization & monitoring
The project will be taking place from April 2022 to March 2023 with a budget of 306.939 €, 62% of which is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. The project partners include Pro Danube Management GmbH, Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Hafen Wien GmbH, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Landshut, via donau-Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft m.b.H., WIVA P&G – Wasserstoffinitiative Vorzeigeregion Austria Power & Gas.