The role of hydrogen in decarbonising (sea) ports

September 19th, 2023

R&D Focus Areas:
Mobility, Techno-economic evaluation

Lead Organisation:
Swinburne University of Technology

Not applicable


Start date:
August 2022

Completion date:
August 2025

Key contacts:
Gordon Chakaodza – Director, Victorian Hydrogen Hub:
Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2):
Ali Yavari, Project Primary Supervisor:
David Holder, Project Key Researcher:

Victorian Government – Victorian Hydrogen Hub

Project total cost:

Project summary description:
The utilisation of hydrogen is to be explored as a solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in ports.  Hydrogen as an energy carrier has potential applications in port cargo handling equipment, haulage vehicles, buildings, storage areas, and berthed shipping vessel operations.

Therefore, this project will assess the opportunities for deploying hydrogen within an operational port.  The energy pathways through the ports’ activities will be devised and compared by a technical-economic modelling approach that uses key metrics for the predicted greenhouse gas emissions and levelised costs of energy.

The project will report on the research data, process steps, energy models, and techniques applied as a case study. The study findings will then assess and propose how the research learnings may be extended to assist other ports. The project aims to fill an identified knowledge gap, together with guidance to ports on the decarbonisation steps required for assessing the application of hydrogen technologies.

Related publications and key links:
Sustainability | Free Full-Text | A Review of Port Decarbonisation Options: Identified Opportunities for Deploying Hydrogen Technologies (

Higher degree studies supported:
One PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology is supported by this project.


Reviewed: April 2024