The EHA was invited to give an update on EU policy affecting the use of hydrogen as an energy vector at the First ZEMSHIP conference in Hamburg. The objective of the ZEMSHIP project, financed by the EU LIFE programme is to build a fuel cell ship and refuelling station. ZemShip will be the world’s first project resulting in a fuel cell-driven passenger ship. Proton Motor developed the 48-kW PM Basic A 50 maritime fuel cell system for the zero-emission drive and integrated two such systems, along with a lead gel battery, into the ship as a hybrid system. The systems were certified for maritime operations by Germanischer Lloyd. An intelligent energy management system coordinates the division of work between fuel cells and battery. Up to 50 kg of gaseous hydrogen is stored onboard in 350-bar pressurised tanks in order to provide sufficient fuel for around three days of use. More info at