Fuel Cells Are Coming

Fuel cells are a hot topic in many areas, ranging from cellphones to the automotive sector. However, boating could be an industry segment where this new technology can be applied very soon. It’s a very efficient way to power your boat’s systems.
“The vessel can obtain its raw water where ever it is, as an onboard water maker is used to purify it, so that an electrolysis unit can split the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen can then be used by fuel cells to power an electric propulsion motor (right) and supply the vessel’s other onboard energy needs. When under sail, the electric motor functions as a generator, thus providing another renewable energy source.”

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2 Responses

  1. steve says:

    Fuel cells are here? Well you can read about them. Unless I am missing something, 20K for 500 watts seems a little desperate.
    https://www.fischerpanda.de/fischer-panda-launches-fuel-cell-range.htm

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Steve, I’m pretty sure that Fisher Panda web page went up in 2014, and the product never came to market. Evidence here:

    https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2014/01/24/new-enerday-fuel-cell/

    However, the EFOY Comfort fuel cell is very much a real product, and I tested one pretty thoroughly last year:

    http://staging.panbo.com/testing-the-efoy-comfort-fuel-cell/

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