British sailor Phil Sharp has revealed a four-year programme of ocean racing powered by hydrogen, as he aims to sail around the world demonstrating the potential of renewable energies.
The objective of the Oceanslab – Race to Zero Emissions campaign is to demonstrate and accelerate the uptake of high-performance clean innovations, through the world’s toughest ocean races, thanks to the development of a new clean hydrogen power module (HPM).
The HPM is a marinised plug-and-play solution to achieving zero emissions power for vessels.
It uses a high-efficiency fuel cell to create electricity through the reaction of hydrogen sourced from renewable energy.
Aboard an IMOCA yacht, Sharp plans to take the prototype HPM across oceans to demonstrate the important role that hydrogen and fuel cells can play in decarbonising vessels.
Along with breaking World Records key events include the crewed and multi-stopover The Ocean Race in 2022, the 2023 duo Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Brazil, and the solo, non-stop Vendée Globe next taking place in 2024.
Developed by OceansLab technology spin-off Genevos, the HPM has been attributed the ‘Solar Impulse Efficient Solution’ Label following an assessment performed by external independent experts and based on verified standards.
“It is fantastic to receive this important 1,000 Efficient Solutions Label as recognition for the HPM as a clean and profitable solution, and also importantly to receive regional government support to help take our innovation forward,” said Sharp.
“Hydrogen and fuel cells have a vital part to play in enabling the maritime sector to reach Net Zero by 2050.”
“If we are to meet our climate change targets it is crucial that we start demonstrating this technology now through zero emission vessels to accelerate the hydrogen transition on our oceans.”
Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, said, “Hydrogen is not just the future, hydrogen is the present, and we need efficient solutions such as this developed by Genevos in order to start reducing emissions on our oceans and our impact on the planet.”
“Our world needs to find new ways of improving the quality of human life. Let’s replace old polluting devices with modern clean technologies.”
“Green hydrogen and fuel cells are highly scalable and critical technologies that we need to embrace in order to decarbonise marine, either on a small sail or motor yacht, or for a large-scale container ship,” Sharp told H2 View in an exclusive interview.
“That’s why prototype projects like OceansLab are extremely important in order to achieve hydrogen technology for offshore application and provide the industry knowledge and confidence in order that it can amplify development and uptake.”
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