Velduis, I.J.S., Richardson, R.N. and Stone, H.B.J.
A hydrogen fuelled fast marine transport system.
In, World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) 2006, Lyon, France,
13 - 16 Jun 2006.
International Assocaition for Hydrogen Energy11pp, .
Hydrogen may offer considerable potential as a marine fuel. The lower fuel mass when compared with
existing hydrocarbon fuels can usefully increase payload which in turn benefits the economics of oceanic
transport and provides the opportunity to compete in new markets. The potential to virtually eliminate
pollution at the point of use may prove significant at a time when exhaust emissions from shipping are
becoming a matter of global concern. The potential for hydrogen in the marine environment, the current
state of transferable technologies, the particular technical and economic issues that need to be addressed
are considered in the context of a design study being conducted on a high speed foil-assisted catamaran
capable of transporting 600 industry standard containers at speeds of up to 64 knots (118.5 km/hr) over
trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trade routes. It is concluded that such a vessel is technically feasible and
could achieve door-to-door delivery times as part of an integrated transport chain otherwise only possible by
airfreight but at a fraction of the cost.
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