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Elizabeth Swann - Jules Verne - World Hydrogen Challenge



RACE AGAINST TIME: This could have been another of Jules Verne's titles. But it is not a work of science fiction, it is a man-made problem today that even the master storyteller would have had trouble predicting. Despite our scientists telling us the global warming is at a crucial tipping point, world leaders are allowing the use of fossil fuels to superheat the planet with dire consequences. Jules was adamant that hydrogen would be a source of power for mankind in the future he envisioned. In our view he was bang on the money. Green hydrogen offers us a sustainable future, based on splitting water using electrolyzers, to recombine for heat or electricity. We can use renewable solar and wind power, to create a circular economy, without CO2 and other harmful gases and particulates. This clean energy source can drive our automobiles and ships, as a major brake on climate change. What is holding us back and why? The technology exists today! Given the opportunity, we would like to prove it to you. If it is possible to complete the build of the Elizabeth Swann above by 2024, it will be the 150th anniversary of his prediction in his 1874 book: The Mysterious Island.





The hydrogen molecule is a versatile energy carrier. It can combine with other elements in several ways, that are potentially useful as fuels. Our modern world is reliant on convenient fuels. Built on fossil fuels. But now looking to advance mankind.


The problem is choosing the right combination for performance in a marine environment.


Hydrogen is more versatile than fossil fuels, that mainly run piston (ICE) and gas turbine engines (jets). But hydrogen compounds can fuel internal combustion engines - and we should not rule them out - where development is at an early stage.


Hydrogen can be a peroxide, a hydride, compressed gas, cryogenic liquid, ammonia or methanol. The choices are mind boggling, and the state of technology development is variable, in Technology Readiness Level (TRL) terms.


One of the most important things about hydrogen as the base component of such systems, it that it can be made from renewable green energy, solar and wind. Where fossil fuels, once used, cannot be regenerated.







The father of sceince fiction, Jules Verne



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