SHAPE UK project to address viability of a local hydrogen infrastructure


Cox Marine has joined the SHAPE UK consortium, which is aiming to transition Portsmouth International Port into the UK’s first net zero emissions maritime hub.

On 6 December, Cox Marine explained that it will work with the University of Brighton to convert one of its CXO300 diesel outboard engines to operate as a dual fuel hydrogen engine, as well as demonstrating the engine operating in the port environment. The SHAPE (Shipping, Hydrogen and Port Ecosystems) UK project is striving to show an achievable modular green hydrogen generation system in Portsmouth International Port.

As well as assessing the viability of a local hydrogen infrastructure through the installation and test of a modular hydrogen electrolyser, SHAPE UK will also demonstrate a use case of portside hydrogen through the dual fuel Cox outboard, generate a digital twin of the port as a tool to demonstrate the economic and environmental suitability of deploying hydrogen systems within key stakeholder ports, and assess the regulatory landscape around the generation and use of hydrogen in a port environment. This will help to determine where deployment can occur immediately and where regulations need to be addressed.