News: Hydrogen Yachts? Yes! Hydrogen Ferry demonstration project sought in Bristol

March 16, 2010 by john
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Bristol wants to develop a hydrogen yacht – or ferry to be exact.

Bristol City Council wishes to invite companies or consortia with appropriate experience, expertise and capacity in both commercial passenger ferry services and hydrogen fuel cell technology R&D to bid for a project to manage and deliver the testing and demonstration of a hydrogen powered ferry service for commuter and leisure passengers on Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour. Bidders are invited to submit a fully costed plan in response to our detailed specification.

This follows the hyrogen yacht Zero C02, pictured and see below.

A Hydrogen Strategy Board has been set up under BETS, the business-led Bristol Environmental Technologies and Services partnership, in order to develop the city’s carbon economy.

Bristol is a leading UK centre of excellence for sustainability and environmental innovation. In 2009 it was the only UK city shortlisted for European Green Capital. The environmental industries sector in the city-region is fast expanding and there are emerging commercial opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity for organisations involved or interested to demonstrate hydrogen technology for inland waterway applications to test it in a genuine commercial environment. The Project is being commissioned in the context of the strategic objectives of the Council and partners in BETS to promote and enable the commercialisation of low emission public transport solutions and to develop a hydrogen economy in the city in the longer term.

It is projects like this which will further the birth of hydrogen yachting and continue the development of hydrogen into the superyacht areana.

This comes after the World’s First-Hydrogen Powered Yacht — Zero CO2. Yacht Zero CO2 is the world’s first-hydrogen powered yacht with a fully integrated laboratory to study pollution in the Mediterranean. The yacht will travel around the Mediterranean coast as far as Turkey on a journey that will commence in March, 2010.

The full documentation and submission instructions for this Ferry Invitation to Bid are available from:

Closing date for submissions: 1200 (noon) 22 April 2010

See more info on Hydrogen Yachts here:

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