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Hexagon secures contract for the first hydrogen-powered vessel in the US

Artist's impression of the 'Water-Go-Round'

Hexagon’s high-pressure tanks will contain enough hydrogen to operate the vessel for up to two days between refuelling

Hexagon Lincoln, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, will supply high-pressure hydrogen tanks for the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the US.

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM) has been awarded a US$3 million grant by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) programme, to build the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the US, which is also the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world.

The 70-foot hybrid hydrogen fuel cell-battery catamaran ‘Water-Go-Round’ has a 22-knot top speed and is powered by dual electric motors, fuel cells and 100 kWh battery packs. The hydrogen tanks from Hexagon Composites will contain enough hydrogen to operate the vessel for up to two days between refuelling. The Hexagon hydrogen tank can hold 264 kg of 250 bar compressed gas.

“We’re really pleased to have been chosen by Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine to work on the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the US,” said Trond Seth, vice-president of Hexagon Composites’ hydrogen business unit . “The state of California is taking the lead in the hydrogen race and we truly believe that this path-breaking project will be an eye-opener for the maritime industry, showing that zero emission technology is already available.”

After the vessel’s launch in mid-2019, it will be operated in San Francisco Bay for the first three months. Performance will be independently measured by Sandia National Laboratories.

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