The UK’s first hydrogen-powered ferry, launched last week, is a 'significant breakthrough' for both the marine industry and the green movement, according to its developers.
The 11m 'Hydrogenesis', which was designed and built by Auriga Energy, a carbon-free technology specialist, was commissioned and funded by Bristol city council in 2010 as part of its green capital initiative. It is licensed to carry fee-paying passengers around the city.
'This is a significant breakthrough for the environmentally-friendly marine industry', said Jas Singh, managing director of Auriga Energy. 'There are many barriers which we had to overcome in order to make this a reality. There are no rules that accommodate for this.'
He continued: 'When we spoke to insurers and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, we got them to understand the importance of this project. We effectively had to rewrite the rules.'
Augira Energy has been given numerous awards for the Hydrogenesis project, including the sustainable shipping award for innovation in 2011.
Air Products, the company which supplies the fuel, also installed the refuelling station.
'This is most certainly the beginning of something new. Now we have broken down the barriers to the market we hope to expand the market and the industry,' he said.
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