Environmentally friendly power options

Inland waterway transport is considered as an environmental friendly mode of transport, but it is by far not exploited at its full potential. Moving forward to further improve its performance, alternative fuels and electrification will play an important role. Therefore, the aim of this site is to collect information of environmentally friendly power options (gas and gas-electric propulsion, diesel-electric propulsion, fuel cell propulsion or battery electric propulsion) in inland waterway transport including innovation power configurations.

 

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External costs in inland waterway transport: A comparison with road and rail transport

๐Ÿ–Š Florian Hofbauer (florian.hofbauer@fh-steyr.at)     ๐Ÿ“… 14.12.2020

External costs of freight transport will become much more important in transport mode decisions due to future measures such as CO2 taxes. Inland waterway transport has significantly lower external costs than road and rail transport, thus demonstrating its potential as a sustainable transport mode.

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Innovative engineering ideas and green technologies for inland vessels: a short summary

๐Ÿ–Š Laura Simmer (laura.simmer@fh-steyr.at)     ๐Ÿ“… 04.08.2020

Theoretically there are many possibilities for alternative fuels (Liquefied Natural Gas, Compressed Natural Gas, Gas-to-Liquid, Biofuels, Methanol, Ethanol, Hydrogen), and also for the reduction of energy consumption (energy efficient navigation and energy efficient ship design), but the long service life of inland vessels, high investment costs, low re-investment capacity of the Danube fleet operators as well as the lack of public actions & incentives impose severe barriers. Although inland waterway transport is considered as an environmental friendly mode of transport, its potential is far from being fully exploited and emissions at local or regional level have a huge reduction potential.

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