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The World's fastest hydrogen powered yacht



TRIMARAN YACHT - The Elizabeth Swann has one long central hull and two shorter outriggers, as a custom build. The aim being to cut drag as far as possible, in a relatively low cost design. But don't let this put you off converting something off the shelf. This is just an example. Start with a blank drawing board (as per the above), or with the boat moored in your Marina.







There is no limit to the design of vessels that are entered into the Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy series of ocean racing events. You can enter a boat, yacht or ship. These can have a single hull, or multiples of hulls, such as a twin hull catamaran arrangement, or a triple hull trimaran configuration.


It is Open Class.


You can have a displacement hull, deep V, wave piercing, or foil design. The vessel can be any length or displacement. It is an unlimited category. More than likely, the cost of producing your entry will play a part, as will physics and logistics.




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The one limitation that competitors must work to, is using hydrogen to power their entry. This can be a compressed gas, liquid hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, or peroxide. So long as the fuel used is derived from hydrogen. Preferably, green hydrogen, produced from a renewable energy source.


You can use the fuel to power an internal combustion engine, or use fuel cells and electric drives. Part of the challenge is to determine if IC engines can be adapted from fossil fuel usage, to compete effectively with electric motors. For sure IC engines are cheaper and the technology is available off the shelf. Many are already fitted in vessels that could race tomorrow (with some engine modifications), given the financial backing to support an ocean racing team.


This raises the issue of bunkering. Where at the moment, many ports and harbours do yet not supply hydrogen fuels. So plan your course carefully. It is a logistical as well as a nautical challenge.


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