EP Barrus has partnered with Hypermotive and HPi-CEproof to develop a fuel cell battery hybrid power plant for inland waterways vessels.
The move comes in response to the UK’s 2019 Clean Maritime Plan and is supported by a Niche Vehicle Network grant.
Barrus will build on knowledge gained by fuel cell and battery integration company Hypermotive, to develop a hydrogen-powered zero-emissions power plant to support the move towards zero-emissions for the inland waterways market.
“Barrus has been involved with low-emission marine power plants for a while, in the form of diesel-electric hybrid systems and pure electric,” explained Tara Glen, director at Barrus. “Barrus has always been at the forefront of bringing new ideas to the marine industry.”
Project partner HPi-CEproof – licensed to certify small marine craft for the European market – will help ensure that the project meets the developing standards for marine electrification.
The project will be overseen by a steering committee that will include BoC Linde (hydrogen gas), Beacon Park Boats and Mothership Marine.
“Many industries are increasingly adopting hydrogen as the fuel of the future and with this project, the boating industry is doing the same,” added Alasdair Reay, HPi-CEproof MD. “One of the perceived impediments to the industry adopting hydrogen is that the gas is not currently addressed in any boating standards and so there is no explicit compliance path to follow. HPi-CEproof, however, has formal accreditations to certify both boats and pressure equipment.”
The 2019 Clean Maritime Plan sets out the aim that by 2050 all vessels in UK waters must have zero-emissions.
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