GRENDEL Green and efficient Danube Fleet

IWT Innovative Technologies Database

 

introduction

 

The core objective of the GRENDEL project is to give a lasting impulse to the modernisation process of the Danube fleet. With the Danube being considered as the economic backbone of a region that comprises 10 different European countries, adapting its severely outdated inland fleet to the needs and requirements of a future oriented transport system is an endeavour that must go beyond borders. Efficiently integrating IWT to the transnational transport and logistic chains will have a positive impact on the overall socioeconomic development of this region.

Even though IWT is considered as one of the most environmental-friendly modes of transport, it is by far not exploited at its full potential. The reasons for this are manifold. Since the Danube Region is primarily characterized by less developed regions, vessel operators usually lack the necessary financial capacities to properly invest in their fleet. Moreover, the findings of GRENDEL have shown that there are currently no financial incentives available at the national level that would encourage the greening of the Danube fleet. The IWT sector is furthermore characterized by the relatively slow incorporation of innovative technologies as compared to other modes of transport.

The aim of this Innovative Technological Database therefore is to centrally collect valuable information on greening technologies. It provides both a general overview as well as - based on the provided documentation - an in-depth analysis of the existing innovation rate and its potential to be efficiently implemented in IWT.

This database is in particular built on the know-how gathered in the framework of the GRENDEL project, taking into account the developed technological factsheets and the organised know-how transfer events, thus focussing on topics relevant for the Danube fleet. Some presentations were also collected from the workshop on the modernisation of the Danube vessels fleet organised by INDanube together with the PROMINENT (H2020) and the GREEN DANUBE (DTP) projects in Vienna (Austria) on 18 April 2018, from the First LEC Sustainable Shipping Forum organised in Graz (Austria) on 26-27 September 2019 and from the Green Inland Shipping Event organised in Brussels (Belgium) on 16 October 2019.

The database will be regularly updated until the end of the GRENDEL project, in particular with regard of the upcoming Know-how Transfer Event organised in September 2020 and of the vessel concepts developed by GRENDEL fleet operators until November 2020.

 

IWT innovative technologies database

 

Innovative Technologies    

Brief description/advantages

Presentation/detailed information

OVERVIEW DOCUMENTS
Greening technologies for IWT sector

Assessment of greening technologies for IWT sector

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

VESSEL-RELATED TECHNICAL MEASURES
Energy sources
Hydrogen in Combustion Engines
  • increase of efficiency and considerable reduction of harmful emissions

HyMethShip

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Innovative Energy Storage Solutions
  • extremely useful for long distances
  • technologies based on methanol require less storage space
  • low maintenance costs
  • renewable energy, no environmental footprint

Options and trends in the Propulsion of Future River Cruise Vessels

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Innovative Energy Storage Solutions

(First Sustainable Shipping Technologies Forum, Graz, 26-27.09.2019)

New Diesel Fuels
  • renewable fuels solution
  • cost effective
  • efficient alternative for conventional diesel
  • low emissions

Cleaner Future by New Diesel Fuels

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Dual Fuel Hydrogen Diesel Combustion Engines
  • low emission rates

Dual Fuel Hydrogen Diesel Combustion Engines

(First Sustainable Shipping Technologies Forum, Graz, 26-27.09.2019)

Fuel Cells
  • various energy sources can be used as fuel for fuel cells

Fuel Cell Propulsion

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°4)

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
  • efficient, zero emission

Let's Navigate towards Zero Emission Shipping

(First Sustainable Shipping Technologies Forum, Graz, 26-27.09.2019)

Drop-in Fuels
  • it does not require the adaptation of the engine or the fuel system

Drop-in Fuels

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°6)

Propulsion systems
Electric propulsion
  • suitable for short distances
  • sustainable and reliable technology
  • renewable energy, low to no environmental footprint

Battery Powered Ferry 

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Battery Electric Propulsion 

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°5)

Ambient Water Transmission
  • new technology to lubricate gears with water instead of oil
  • considerable reduction of noxious elements

Ambient Water Transmissions

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Side-by-Side Propeller
  • ability to operate at lower water levels (draught)
  • shorter building times as in the case of “traditional” propellers

Side-by-Side Propeller

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

After-Treatment
  • innovative approach to reduce harmful effects on the environment

Projects and experience on the Rhine

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

Exhaustaftertreatment for IWT vessels

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

After-Treatment 

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°3)

Gas and Gas-Electric Propulsion
  • it has a lower environemental impact than conventional fuels

Mono-fuel gas engines

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

Dual-fuel gas engine

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

Gas and Gas-Electric Propulsion 

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°1)

Diesel-Electric Propulsion
  • low noise level
  • lower impact on environment as compared to conventional propulsion systems

Diesel-Electric Propulsion

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°2)

EURO VI truck and NRE engines
  • High emission standards
  • Proven quality and reliability
  • High production numbers

EURO VI as Marine engines

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

EURO VI truck and NRE engines

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°7)

VESSEL-OPERATIONAL MEASURES
Autonomous Shipping
  • adapted technological solutions that meet new market requirements

Journey towards Autonomous Vessels

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Energy efficient navigation
  • Combination of different measures offers a high potential for increased energy efficiency
  • Smart Steaming is not only energy efficient but also cost-efficient

Energy efficient navigation

(GRENDEL Factsheet n°8)

INFRASTRUCTURE
Shore Power for IWT
  • no noise pollution
  • no vibrations
  • low emissions

Shore Power System for IWT

(Know-How Transfer Event on the Modernisation of the Danube Fleet, Vienna, 7-8.03.2019)

Fuelling infrastructure

Availability of LNG & LNG fuelling infrastructure in the Danube countries

fueLCNG: L-CNG infrastructure in Slovakia

LNG Hub Austria: L-CNG infrastructure in Austria

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE VESSELS

LNG as fuel for inland vessels: “MS Ecoliner”

(Workshop on modernisation of Danube vessels, Vienna, 18.04.2018)

Gas-Electric Ecotanker 

(Green inland shipping event, Brussels, 16.10.2019)

Fuel Cell Hydrogen and Hybrid Electric Emeli 

(Green inland shipping event, Brussels, 16.10.2019)

Hydrogen Dual Fuel Hydroville 

(Green inland shipping event, Brussels, 16.10.2019)

Hybrid Electric Sendo Liner 

(Green inland shipping event, Brussels, 16.10.2019)

Marinised Euro VI Truck Engine on Wantij 

(Green inland shipping event, Brussels, 16.10.2019)


The presentations from the First Sustainable Shipping Technologies Forum (Graz, 26-27.09.2019) are available on the respective website after filling out a form to gain access. The respective links of the database are redirecting to this website.

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)