Maritime Hydrogen Highway Work Package 4

Business case and economic model

As with many new technologies or cargoes, the smaller the supply chain, the higher the cost, limiting the return on investment, or indeed case for investment at all. The model being designed on the basis of information generated in other work packages will help identify ways to facilitate supply at an economical level for businesses to adopt the fuel and provide the service.

Lead partners: University of Kent and Connected Places Catapult

Supporting partners: Port of London Authority (PLA), Port of Blyth, Port of Milford Haven, UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG), British Ports Association (BPA), City of London Corporation, Cory Group.

Work Package includes an economic & social impact assessment of the benefit of local businesses and services, jobs and employment, as well as the benefit to public health. Using the Thames as a proxy for other inland waterways, ports and harbours in order to create a usable model for the different types of chemical carriage options and modes of vessel (both autonomous and return freight) to provide hydrogen by vessel into the capital and the South East.

Diagram of a Hydrogen Fuel Supply Chain

Image: Hydrogen Fuel Supply Chain