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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Proton Motor fuel cell power plant in Orkney; hydrogen powering berthed vessels

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Proton Motor fuel cell power plant in Orkney; hydrogen powering berthed vessels

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Orkney Islands, Scotland to learn more about Proton Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell system that can provide 75kW of electric and thermal clean power to vessels.

The facility’s hydrogen fuel cell system acts as a containerised industrial power plant that provides power to vessels berthed at Kirkwall Pier.

The unique hydrogen fuel cell system, developed by Proton Motors, allows ship engines to be switched off when in harbour, reducing noise and air pollution as well as achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The thermal power provided by the hydrogen fuel cell is also used as heating for the harbour buildings.

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The Royal couple viewed the hydrogen tube trailers that are utilised at thew Kirkwall Pier that transport green hydrogen by ferry from the outlying islands to the harbour where it is then used for the Proton Motor hydrogen fuel cell.

Maintenance support for the hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen trailer maintenance and recertification is provided by Scottish Fuel Cell Association member Logan Energy.

In addition to this, the Royal couple also visited the ‘European Marine Energy Centre’ to learn more about pioneering green hydrogen deployments in the ocean energy industry.

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