First Fuel Cell Powered Commercial Passenger Boat Inaugurated in Germanyby Thomas Schueneman on Wednesday, Sep 3rd, 2008 ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The world’s first passenger boat powered with fuel cells made its maiden voyage in Hamburg, Germany last Friday.The hybrid fuel cell drive for the passenger ferry FCS Alsterwasser was produced by Proton Motor based in Puchheim, Germany.Until now fuel cell motors of this capacity for marine applications have only been used for military uses in submarines, though Proton Motor is also exploring similar technology for use in small trucks, buses and forklifts.Dubbed the “ZemShip” (zero emission ship), the Alsterwasser, will undergo test runs until November, when it will begin carrying up to 100 passengers on tourist cruises.Hybrid drive fuel cellThe drive system for the ZemShip is comprised of two 48 kilowatt PM Basic A 50 fuel cells along with a lead gel battery. The system is controlled by an “intelligent” energy management system to coordinate power between the fuel cells and battery. Up to 50 kilograms (about 110 pounds) of hydrogen gas is stored in 350–bar pressurized tanks, giving the ZemShip about three days of use between fueling. The drive system is nearly twice as efficient as a standard diesel powered ship, without the noise and emissions.The European Union has invested 2.4 million Euros ($3.4 million and change) in the project and will fund the ship’s operation until 2010.Eight other partners are adding key support in the project, such as Linde AG, who built a hydrogen fueling station for the Alsterwasser.On hand for the inaugural ceremonies on Friday was German Minister of Transport, Building, and Urban Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee and Proton CTO Felix Heidelberg.“The FCS Alsterwasser is a prime example of innovation and we are very proud of it,” said Heidelberg, “It proves that even today we can make use of future technology in everyday applications. Thanks to our further development of fuel cell technology, a non-polluting and virtually silent drive can now be used on a passenger ship”. Further Reading:FuelCellWorks.com Tom is the founder, editor, and publisher of GlobalWarmingisReal.com and the TDS Environmental Media Network. He has been a contributor for Triple Pundit since 2007. Tom has also written for Slate, Earth911, the Pepsico Foundation, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, and many other sustainability-focused publications. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists Follow Thomas Schueneman @earth_warming One response Dear Sir/ Miss I got your mail to trough internet We are a crew agency providing Indonesian seafarer to shipping community such as Tanker ship, cargo ship, Supply ship, Fishing Ship, Tug Boat, Container ship, and also Offshore and onshore with the passenger ship. Our management company district to select candidate before run to the ship and necessary certificate standard of IMO and we guarantee of our crew to hard work with familiar to other nationalist in the worldwide. We would taking this opportunity if any recruitment of seafarer to employment your vessel in near future. We see you have a big potential to be our best partner mainly crewing services. We look forward your positive response. Best regards Capt.Safar CEO UMA CO. Jl.Kebon Bawang XI 62 Tanjung Priok Indonesia Telefax : 62 21 43800667 Mobile : 62 81380254 349 Email : email@example.com Website : www. usham.co.id Comments are closed.