The project

Hydroville is the first certified passenger shuttle that uses hydrogen to power a diesel engine. Hydrogen has the advantage of releasing no CO2, particulate matter or sulfur oxides when burned.

The shuttle will be mainly used as a platform to test hydrogen technology for commercial seagoing vessels.

In the first phase, the Hydroville will transport people from Kruibeke to Antwerp during rush hour to avoid traffic jams. Occasionally, the vessel will also be used for meetings/dinners on board or to organize a trip in the Port of Antwerp. It will also function as a demonstration platform for hydrogen and will travel to events in Europe. In addition, during the summer holidays, the vessel can be used to organize trips to the offshore wind turbine parks on the Belgian coast from Oostende/Zeebrugge.

Scope

The vessel will mainly be deployed from Kruibeke to De Gerlachekaai during in mornings and evenings to bring commuters to and from their workplace in the Belgica Building. Occasionally, the vessel will also be used for meetings/dinners on board or to organize a trip in the Port of Antwerp. It will also function as a demonstration platform for hydrogen and will travel to events in Europe. In addition, during the summer holidays, the vessel can be used to organize trips to the offshore wind turbine parks on the Belgian coast from Oostende/Zeebrugge.

General Specifications

  • Length: 14m
  • Beam: 4,2m
  • Max Draft: 0.65m
  • Displacement at full load: 14ton
  • Lightweight: 12 ton
  • Propulsion: 2x hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2ICED) with a total shaft power of 441kW
  • Fuel: 12 hydrogen tanks (205 liter @ 200bar) and 2 diesel fuel tanks (2×265 liter) as pilot/backup fuel
  • Max speed: 27kn
  • Cruise speed: 22kn
  • 16 passengers + 2 crew members

Building timeline (2017)

  • January: start of production
  • April: fitting of H2tanks
  • May: building of accommodation
  • June: lab testing of the engines with hydrogen
  • July: finish of structural mouldings
  • August: electrical outfitting + engine installation
  • September: hydrogen outfitting + test run engines
  • October: preparation of the sea trials
  • November: completion of the sea trials and transit to Antwerp

Accommodation

The shuttle is equipped with 16 business seats that can be mounted in 3 different configurations. In addition to the commuting setup, there is also a meeting setup where all seats are placed around a large table.
In the cinema setup all seats are directed to the information screen on which movies or a presentation can be played.
For the longer trips there is also a small kitchen and toilet.
To enhance the comfort, additional soundproofing is provided and 2 air conditioning units are provided.
There is also free WiFi on board and there are built-in USB chargers.

Deurmat

Contact us

CMB nv
De Gerlachekaai 20
2000 Antwerp
Belgium
E: contact@hydroville.be

T: +32 3 247 59 11