HPi certifies the UK’s first hydrogen fuel cell boat
Hydrogenesis, the UK’s first Hydrogen-powered boat, has been certified to the UK Recreational Craft Regulations 2017 by HPi-CEproof and now proudly displays a UKCA Mark.
The ferry carries up to 12 passengers with 2 crew and was built by Bristol Hydrogen Boats – a consortium formed between No 7 Boat Trips, the Bristol Packet, and Auriga Energy Ltd. Air Products have provided the hydrogen fuel and the refuelling infrastructure to the project. Bristol City Council has supported the development with an investment of £225,000. Work on the boat was completed in a boatyard at Weston-super-Mare and is now in service, carrying passengers around Bristol Docks.
Jas Singh, Managing Director of Auriga Energy Ltd and a spokesperson for the consortium said: “This project is bringing innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to Bristol and one of the key aims is to inform the public and enthuse the engineers of tomorrow.”
Alasdair Reay, Managing Director of HPi-CEproof Ltd said: “HPi-CEproof is proud of its involvement with Hydrogenesis. It has been a fascinating project and blends the
company’s two EU certification accreditations: recreational craft & pressure equipment. We hope this project shows the industry that hydrogen fuel cells are now a viable alternative to traditional propulsion systems.