Navigating Global Hydrogen Trade: Insights from Task 2.1 Analysis

The preliminary steps for deliverable D2.1 led by RINA,  commenced with a concise overview of hydrogen, including its properties and color-coding linked to production methods. A rationale for establishing a global hydrogen market was outlined, accompanied by an exploration of the LH2 market, delving into the history and evolution of the existing LNG trade market and infrastructures. The analysis extended to the liquid hydrogen market’s anticipated developments, drawing insights from its similarities with LNG. A thorough examination of potential supply and demand dynamics informed the identification of LH2 trading patterns, potential regions for export and import, and key trading routes. Exploratory outlines were crafted to understand the potential impact and constraints the LH2 market characteristics might pose on ship design and operation.

Additionally, a dedicated workshop involving Consortium members focused on technical, financial, and temporal requirements, along with safety considerations for an LH2 Carrier. The workshop yielded specific boundaries and requirements, particularly concerning the LH2 cargo containment system. The conclusive output of this document is a compilation of applicable rules and guidelines from all Classification Societies, guiding the engineering design process based on current protocols.

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