Green hydrogen for pleasure boating
NatPower H, part of the NatPower group, is the first global developer of innovative technologies for hydrogen production, storage and refuelling in the pleasure boating industry.
NatPower H is developing and will operate the world’s first global, large-scale network of hydrogen refuelling stations for pleasure boating. The refuelling station is designed by the architectural firm, Zaha Hadid Architects.
The project, which involves an initial investment of 100 million euros, will support the boating industry’s energy transition by developing a far-reaching and widespread network of hydrogen refuelling stations in major ports and marinas throughout the world. To date, the project already has a pipeline of 25 marinas in Italy and the Mediterranean and aims to install at least 100 refuelling stations by 2030.
The project will be developed in collaboration with Blunergy Revolution, Fitchner, Linde, Studio Maresca, Zaha Hadid Architects, Tecma and S.I.G.E..
NatPowerH is actively investing in the acquisition of port concessions in order to develop an extensive network of sustainable fuel stations, providing the entire pleasure yachting market with a backbone for green hydrogen supply to meet customer demands.
NatPowerH has brough together the leading experts who have been working for years to enable the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, along with one of the global references in sustainable architecture, to create a multidisciplinary project team capable of quickly achieving something that has not been accomplished by anyone to date: an iconic hydrogen refueling station to boost energy transition of the pleasure yachting market.
The industry in which NatPower H operates
The boating industry, as we have seen, is doing its part to build increasingly sustainable vessels, and numerous shipyards are promoting solutions to reduce the impact of their operations on the ecosystem. The demarcating of protected marine areas in which the use of diesel engines is now banned, further underscores the importance of sustainability also for yachts and mega-yachts, driving the entire industry towards eco-friendly innovations. This rapid energy transition is currently held back, however, by the lack of infrastructure for distribution and refuelling with zero-impact energy sources.
Through this project, therefore, NatPowerH aims to install sustainable energy hubs in the major international marinas and create the ideal conditions to facilitate the development and use of hydrogen-powered vessels.
Investment in hydrogen
NatPower H invests in the hydrogen market
NatPower H invests in cutting-edge technologies for green hydrogen production, storage and refuelling. Aware of the potential of hydrogen as an energy carrier, NatPower H works towards optimising the efficiency and use of renewable energy sources through the implementation of innovative solutions.
NatPower is thus committed to promoting green hydrogen technology and its transformative potential in the renewable energy landscape.
Specifically, NatPower promotes the following investments in green hydrogen production technology:
- Electrolysis systems: NatPower is monitoring the evolution of high-tech electrolysis systems, including proton exchange membrane (PEM), anion exchange membrane (AEM) and alkaline electrolysers to effectively split water molecules and produce green hydrogen using renewable energy from solar and wind sources.
- Solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs): recognising the value of greater efficiency, NatPower explores SOEC technology allowing the direct conversion of excess renewable energy into hydrogen.
- Photoelectrochemical cells (PECs): NatPower illustrates its research and development activities on PECs, which use solar energy to activate the water splitting process and achieve direct conversion from solar energy to hydrogen.
- Biological processes: NatPower promotes partnerships and investments in research projects that explore the use of microorganisms or enzymes to produce green hydrogen.
Technological progress of green hydrogen storage
- Compressed hydrogen storage: NatPower actively invests in the development of advanced compression techniques and infrastructures for the efficient storage and transport of green hydrogen in high-pressure tanks.
- Liquid hydrogen storage: aware of the importance of long-term storage, NatPower supports the advances of cryogenic liquefaction technology, allowing hydrogen to be stored in its liquid state with a higher energy density.
- Metal hydrides: NatPower invests in research and partnerships focused on the use of chemical hydrides to create stable and reversible hydrogen storage compounds, improving the versatility and scalability of hydrogen storage solutions.
- Underground hydrogen storage: NatPower explores opportunities to develop underground hydrogen storage plants, making use of existing geological formations such as depleted natural gas caverns or fields for large-scale and long-term storage.
- Optimisation of renewable sources and integration with green hydrogen: Co-localisation with solar, wind and BESS systems: NatPower actively seeks partnerships with renewable energy developers to co-localise green hydrogen production plants with solar, wind and BESS systems. This integration allows the efficient use of excess renewable electricity while maximising the effects of combining green hydrogen and renewable energy sources.
Experience and capability
NatPower has the experience and capability to identify and develop areas in different countries where it will be feasible the generation of green energy, we want to use this expertise to develop solar, wind or BESS Greenfield projects to generate electricity useful for the generation and storage of hydrogen to be capillary distribute.
At the same time, NatPower is gathering the knowledge and expertise to identify areas to develop for the design and built of Hydrogen refuelling stations, for tracks and yacths, in line with manufacturers developing technologies and growth strategies.
Macrotrend Pleasure Yachts
As yacht owners and builders become increasingly aware of environmental issues, electric yachts have come to be one of the nautical industry’s most dynamic trends. With most luxury crafts still relying on fossil fuel use, the impact of yachting on the environment remains a major issue.
Luxury mega-yachts can burn up to 7,020 tons of CO2 a year, such vessels, which are variously equipped with helicopters, submarines, jetskis, swimming pools and accommodation for up to 100 crew members, as “by far the worst asset to own from an environmental standpoint.»
From 2030 onwards, in parallel with a strong increase in hydrogen demand in all industries, hydrogen demand is expected to accelerate in the transport sector, as shipping and heavy-road transport activities move towards decarbonization.