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TU DELFT TEAM DEVELOP HYDROGEN-POWERED HYDROFOIL

TU DELFT TEAM DEVELOP HYDROGEN-POWERED HYDROFOIL

Thursday, July 1, 2021 

After a year of development, a team from the TU Delft university in The Netherlands have realised their aim, a seaworthy hydrofoil vessel with a hydrogen propulsion plant system capable of speeds up to 40 km/hr.

The boat, known as Hydro Motion, will partake in a long-distance race off Monaco, competing against other sustainably powered boats. The vessel has a trimaran hull housing a hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen gas is stored under high pressure in an on-board tank. The fuel cell combines this hydrogen with oxygen from the air to generate electricity, to power the motor.

The three hydrofoils raise the hull to 40cm above the water surface once the speed reaches 22 km/hr, offering very low resistance and hence the vessel will consume little energy once foil-borne. 

The TU Delft team comprises 20 students, who previously worked on a solar-powered boat project but transferred to hydrogen power. They see their project as providing an inspiration to the maritime industry, currently a large consumer of fossil fuels, towards a green future.

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