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Mediterranean fuel cell yacht project
Fuel Cells, July 13 2009 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- The University Joseph Fourier of Grenoble, France, has set up a project to build a hydrogen fuel cell powered yacht and sail it around the Mediterranean between March and December 2010.
Although most of the propulsion will be by wind power (sail), the auxiliary engine, used for port maneouvres or times of low wind, will be powered by fuel cell.
The yacht will be 12m long, and have a pollution laboratory onboard.
Building started in March 2009, and the yacht will be presented at Paris boat show in December 2009. It will be launched in January 2010 with initial tests taking place in Savoie, Rhones-Alpes, France.
The crew will take measurements of solar and wind power, to examine the potential for solar panels and wind turbines on buildings in ports. They will also analyse sediment, air and sea for pollution. Tests will include for carbon monoxide, ammonia and methane in the air, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in water and port seabed sediment.
Part of the financing for the project has come from a "crédit d'impôt recherche" - a government scheme whereby organisations can reduce tax expenditure by spending money on research projects validated for their socio-economic value.