Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) is supporting the development of hydrogen-powered marine vessels that could transform the marine industry in California.
The company on Tuesday (28th April) said it would provide $200,000 in funding for Zero Emission Industries’ (ZEI) latest project, the development of a hydrogen-powered harbour craft.
Formerly Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, ZEI said the harbour craft powertrain will consist of a state-of-the-art hydrogen storage system, fuel cell package, power system, safety system, control and automation system allowing for a powertrain with increased range, simple maintenance, and no emissions.
“SoCalGas is committed to helping California reach its climate goals, and we look at how we can support reducing GHG emissions in every sector,” said Neil Navin, Vice-President of Clean Energy Innovations at SoCalGas.
“We recently announced our pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045, and our work with the CEC and ZEI to develop fuel cell technology for commercial boats could aid this commitment. This innovative technology has the potential to decrease pollution in California in a meaningful way.”
“This project exemplifies our approach at ZEI, which is to solve difficult challenges with hydrogen in ways that make it accessible for everyone,” said Dr. Joseph Pratt, CEO of ZEI.
“With California being home to over one million vessels, 98% of which are under 40 feet long, developing a small fast zero emission vessel solution will have a profound impact on the market, the economy, and air quality. The support from SoCalGas on low- and zero-emission efforts like this project play a large role in the ongoing effort to eliminate California’s and ultimately, the world’s emissions.”
H2 View will soon be speaking with Zero Emission Industries to bring you, our readers, all you need to know about its hydrogen-powered marine developments – keep an eye out!