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Sun Dec 30, 2018, 02:01 PM

Orkney's ageing ferries look to ditch diesel for hydrogen



Financial Times | Mure Dickie in Orkney, Scotland DECEMBER 26, 2018

It sounds like a renewable energy dream: a seagoing ferry powered by fuel wrested from water with the help of the wind and tides.

But if all goes well, such a vessel will in a few years be plying its trade among the islands of Scotland’s northern archipelago of Orkney, the culmination of a pioneering effort to demonstrate the role that hydrogen can play in a future low-carbon economy.



On the Orkney island of Eday, an electrolyser — which splits water into hydrogen and oxygen — tucked inside a green shipping container last year became the first in the world to use tidal power to make hydrogen.

A fuel cell installed on a pier on the Orkney mainland already uses some of the hydrogen produced by the electrolyser to generate electricity for berthed vessels. But Neil Kermode, head of the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (Emec), which has helped lead the hydrogen project, said the gas could be more cost effective — and reduce emissions — when directly used in transportation.

The nine ageing ferries that connect Orkney’s islands used “massive” amounts of diesel fuel, Mr Kermode said. “We realised that if we could use the hydrogen to power our ferries, we would put another dent in our carbon addiction.”...more: https://www.ft.com/content/2da8745a-0287-11e9-99df-6183d3002ee1

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 04:02 PM

1. gee there sure are a lot of GOVERNMENT programs adopting magic fairy energy... wonder why?

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 04:20 PM

3. A Ferry using Magic Fairy Energy! Imagine that!

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 04:18 PM

2. How much does a hydrogen ferry engine cost

compared to a diesel ferry engine?

How much does the hydrogen fuel cost compared to diesel fuel?

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 06:39 PM

4. How is your hydrogen-powered car doing?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 02:12 PM

5. .



User name checks out

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Response to Aquila (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 04:04 PM

6. Must be doing great

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