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Hydrogen fuel cell yacht

UK port to undergo green hydrogen hub transformation

Shoreham Port in West Sussex is constructing a 20MW electrolysis plant to produce H2 at fuel cell grade for supplying both local and regional fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) operators. This includes FCEV bus operators, HGVs, and even waste collection vehicles. Moreover, as the location is a port, it can also provide clean fuel for vessels and for the forklift trucks and cranes used at the port.

Hydrogen - The lightest fuel for the heaviest loads

Just 5 kg of Hydrogen can power a Hydrogen Fuel cell (HFC) car for 500 Km, equivalent petrol or diesel cars need approx 50 kg of fuel and a battery car needs 500 Kg of Lithium / Cobalt batteries to travel the same distance.

In automotive applications saving weight is critical and the superior energy density of Hydrogen is a fundamental advantage.

A Nikola HFC truck gets the equivalent of 12 to 15 miles per gallon (mpg), double the USA average for a diesel truck which is around 7 mpg.

In March 2021 UK diesel is around £5.50 per gallon (£1.20 per litre) and the latest analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests the production price for hydrogen could be as low as £1.10 ($1.40) per kilogram by 2030. 

This is great for motorists, business, the environment and the UK economy which benefits from the huge £28.4 Billion per year in fuel duty which is currently 70 pence per litre including VAT.

The UK would lose this £28.4 Billion if we all used rechargeable batteries to power our cars and commercial vehicles. This fact makes the already environmentally damaging battery option a non starter from an economic stance.

The bottom line is UK hydrogen fuel cell motorists can enjoy true zero carbon/zero pollution motoring for just £4.50 per Kg giving over 400 miles/640 Km range, for just £25.00 per 5 minute fill. 

Thats half the price of September 2021 diesel!

By 2023 Norway aims to have​ 1,000 Nikola Hydrogen-powered trucks on its roads and over 100 Hydrogen refuelling stations.

This in-depth analysis of Hydrogen Fuel Cells Vs lithium/cobalt batteries explains the advantages of fuel cells. 

Bloomberg energy predicts 80% cost reduction in hydrogen by 2030. explains why they are rapidly developing the Hydrogen economy infrastructure.

Toyota reveals its stunning new 2021 Mirai Hydrogen fuel cell car, 500 Kg lighter than the  equivalent Tesla, the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has a genuine 400 mile (640 Km) all weather range, refuels in under 5 minutes (!) and has a 100% recyclable fuel cell with over twice the life expectancy compared to the toxic lithium batteries in the Tesla.

Hyundai Nexo Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle

Power without Pollution 

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCV) offer 640 Km range, 5 minutes refuelling for cars and 10 minutes for HGV's and busses. HFCV have double the working life of lithium batteries and no end of life disposal issues. HFC are 100% recyclable, use no toxic chemicals and are safe to handle at all stages of the process. The Australian government has just added 20 Hyundai Nexo HFCV to help decarbonise its fleet. March 2021.

There is mounting concern regarding the human and environmental costs of mining lithium, cobalt and rare earth metals for batteries, with an increasing number of major pollution incidents being reported. 

Recycling used batteries generates high pollution, consumes a lot of water and is very expensive as the process consumes approx 6 times more energy than it takes to mine new lithium and generates mountains of waste.

" The fuel-cell car is merely the car element of a much bigger energy vision to decarbonise everything. For that reason I think it’s worth pursuing." James May Feb 2021.

 "ROI from Green Hydrogen  returns £1.00 to the economy for every 18 pence invested"     Councillor Phillip Bell - Aberdeen Council.

1,000 Km range and 5 mins refuelling - Perfect for zero carbon shopping trips! 

Grove Auto "Granite" and "Obsidian hydrogen fuel cell cars are almost production ready

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Hydrogen on the high seas 

In their joint report on de-carbonising shipping, Lloyds of London and the University Maritime Advisory Sevices (UMAS) concluded that producing Green Hydrogen from electrolysis and combining it with nitrogen to make zero carbon ammonia is a viable and economical zero-carbon shipping fuel solution.

Hydrogen was less than half the price of methanol or biodiesel options and less than one-third of the price of lithium battery power.

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World-leading civil and electrical engineering group, ABB shipping propulsion director states -"Hydrogen fuel cells are relatively easy to connect with current marine drive systems, they are highly scalable and as modern marine drives are already electric, we only need to exchange the power plant"

“The Canadian Navy has had fuel cells in their submarines since 1993" This fact alone demystifies hydrogen as high risk – the last place you want a dangerous fuel is on board is in a steel tube hundreds of meters under the sea.

Hydrogen powered luxury yacht launching 2020 

Decarbonising shipping is essential if Europe and the UK are to hit our carbon reduction targets. European shipping emitted over 139m tonnes of CO2 in 2018 – equal to CO2 from 68 million cars and the volume of goods shipped is forecast to rise by 50% over the next decade.

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Existing gas turbines which are currently using natural gas can be converted to run on zero carbon green hydrogen and new ultra efficient gas turbines designed specifically for green hydrogen are now available. 

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