Do You Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell Passenger Ships?

- Sep 28, 2019-

BayShipandYachtCo. recently stated that it has received an order for a hydrogen fuel cell passenger ship.

Companies involved in the design, construction, and operation of this vessel include: GoldenGateZeroEmissionMarine (GGZEM), San Francisco Port, BayShip & Yacht Co., BAE Systems, Hydrogenics, Redand WhiteFleet, IncatCrowther, Hexagon Composites, OMB-Saleri and Mountain Diadia National Laboratory (Sandia National Laboratories).

The ship was named "Water-Go-Round" and vividly illustrates how fuel cell technology works cyclically. Specifically, hydrogen can be produced from water, and after being used by a fuel cell, water can be generated to achieve zero emissions and no pollution. Designed by IncatCrowther, the all-aluminum passenger ship is 70 feet long and can accommodate 84 passengers with a top speed of 22 knots.

It is understood that the new ship is expected to be delivered and put into operation in September 2019. It is the first ship of this type in the United States. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided $3 million in funding for this.

The "Water-Go-Round" is powered by two 300kW electric motors and uses BAESystems' independent electric drive system. Hydrogenics offers 360kw proton exchange membrane fuel cells and lithium-ion battery packs. Hydrogen fuel storage tanks are from Hexagon Composites and will be installed on the deck to hold enough hydrogen to maintain a two-day voyage.

After the ship is completed, it will operate for three months at San Francisco Bay. During this time, Sandia National Laboratories will independently collect and evaluate the ship's performance data; CARB will use the ship's actual data to verify that the technology is suitable for marine use; partners will also collect passengers and operators. Feedback to evaluate the best commercial application market.

Redand WhiteFleet will operate the ship and plan to purchase it to meet its 100% zero-emissions operational commitment.