Ad Astra, Sailcargo developing hydrogen-powered ships in Costa Rica

Sailcargo and Ad Astra have joined forces to promote the development and implementation of hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry in Costa Rica.

The duo’s efforts fall under that “Hydrogen for the Sea” campaign, a joint funding effort aimed at demonstrating the implementation hydrogen fuel cell systems in future ships of Sailcargo’s CEIBA Line.

It is believed the ships will consist of 45-meter wooden sailing schooners and will be primarily propelled by a suite of 14 sails with three masts and a cargo capacity of 250 tonnes.

All CEIBA Line ships will carry an auxiliary electric engine for use in low winds and ports, with future ships using green hydrogen fuel cells to power the auxiliary electric engine.

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