Emission Free Barge Vessel with Green Hydrogen Powertrain

Emission Free Barge Vessel with Green Hydrogen Powertrain

The project consists of two parts: Production and distribution of green hydrogen and a new sustainable transport solution for inland waters and coastal transports. The semi-automatised barges are equipped with an emission-free hydrogen or ammonia powertrain and a 5G based control system. The vessels can use shallow waterways and ports, normally not utilised by commercial shipping.

The H1 project is led by SHG Marine, a Swedish engineering company. In an international co-operation, a series of module built, highly versatile barges of 30, 45 or 69 metres LOA is developed. The vessels can carry all kinds of loads, from containers to bulk goods, work vehicles or municipal waste, thanks to a new load handling system. Bunkering time is reduced through our mobile, exchangeable cassette system.

The new logistic solution will partly replace road transports of cargo in all areas, where a waterway option is available.

The hull is designed for a light, twin hydrogen/ammonia powertrain for full redundance and excellent manoeuvrability in narrow ports. The powertrain is based on commercially available parts (marine fuel cells, standard electrical engines, and marine back up batteries). The hydrogen cassette and the control system are developed by SHG Marine and our partners. Low weight = extra cargo. The maintenance need for the powertrain is extremely low compared to diesel or semi-electrical systems and the expected lifespan is equal to other options. The barge vessel is silent and there are no vibrations in the hull. To optimise the operational range the cruising speed is limited to 8-9 knots. Thanks to automatic load handling and other smart functions the demand for manpower is minimised.

The operational costs of the barge vessel are lower than for trucks, even taking into consideration the slower speed of the barge. To secure availability of green hydrogen SHG Marine and our domestic and international partners will create a network of production plants producing hydrogen from wind and solar power. Thanks to the cassette system distribution of hydrogen will be easy, even to remote ports.

Climate benefits

Can save up to 166.000 tons of greenhouse emissions annually in Sweden. Each barge can replace 6-24 trucks. Emission free, silent, low maintenance costs, no hazardous waste from batteries.


5 MEUR (2,5 MEUR development of the barge vessel)


2021 – 2023 from design to first vessel in operation

Contact information

Swedish Solar HydroGenesis AB Marine
Fågelgatan 42
Phone +46 (0)8 21 61 20

Sören Colbing
+46 760 47 35 09

Tage Erikson
+46 702 45 36 56

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.