WEVA Project in brief
WEVA is the abbreviation for (Waterstof Elektrisch Vrachtschip Antonie) “Hydrogen Electric Freight Ship Antonie.” The project revolves around the construction of the inland vessel Antonie van Lenten Scheepvaart BV as a 100% hydrogen-powered ship.
The 135-meter-long ship will transport salt from the salt factory of Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel) in Delfzijl to the Botlek in Rotterdam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water (electrolysis) into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2). When this process is powered by renewable energy sources such as solar or wind energy, it results in green hydrogen.
WEVA stands for Waterstof Elektrisch Vrachtschip Antonie, which translates to Hydrogen Electric Cargo Ship Antonie. It is the world’s first newly built hydrogen-electric inland vessel.
Late-July, the Ms Antonie will be fully completed and ready for a trial run. All systems will be tested in practice. The ship is expected to officially start operating in early August.
Hydrogen has a very high energy density. It contains approximately 3.3 times more energy per kilogram than gas oil/diesel.
The advantage of using hydrogen for propulsion is that it is completely emission-free. The only byproduct is water.
With a hydrogen-powered ship in operation, the feasibility of this fuel can be demonstrated. This project can be a breakthrough for the use of hydrogen in inland and coastal shipping. With the Antonie, we aim to show that it is technically and economically viable to equip an inland vessel with a hydrogen-electric propulsion system. At the same time, we aim to demonstrate a new method for hydrogen bunkering and storage.
The ship will transport salt from the Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel) salt factory in Delfzijl to the Botlek in Rotterdam.