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A team from TU Delft will cross the North Sea this summer with a self-built hydrogen boat. This innovative move promises to be the first crossing of its kind. Last week, the Hydro Motion Team presented the boat with which they plan to do so in a historic shipyard on the NDSM site in Amsterdam. The ship, equipped with three propellers and a special hydrogen tank, highlights the efficiency of green hydrogen. This initiative could set an example for shipping to switch to carbon-neutral fuels. 

The power of hydrogen

Hydrogen plays the lead role in this project. It is an energy carrier that is completely sustainable when produced by electrolysis using green energy sources. Its carbon-neutral production and greater range compared to batteries make it an attractive alternative for the future of waterborne transportation.

© TU Delft Hydro Motion
© TU Delft Hydro Motion

Unique design for maximum efficiency

The boat’s design is a testament to the team’s innovation. With three propellers that significantly reduce fuel consumption and a special tank strategically placed in the hull, the boat is optimized for long-distance crossings. It can run on 25 kilograms of hydrogen, enabling it to cover a substantial distance without the need for refueling, a critical factor for extended sea voyages.

World champions with a mission

The team has already proven that they can perform at the top level by becoming world champions in the Monaco Open Sea class last year with their hydrogen-powered boat. This success has further motivated them to show that hydrogen is a realistic option for the future of the maritime industry. The vessel seats two passengers and is equipped with three hydrogen tanks, each capable of storing eight kilograms of fuel.

The journey to London

The team is preparing for a challenging journey to the United Kingdom, estimated to take thirteen hours. To ensure safety and efficiency, there will be a change of drivers every two hours. This voyage, scheduled for July, is not only a test of the boat’s capabilities but also a testament to the students’ endurance and skills.