Canal boat (hydrogen)


Canal boat (hydrogen)

The canal boat "Ross Barlow" is a hybrid hydrogen barge, power-assisted by an electric motor that gets its electricity from a fuel cell or a battery. It debuted on 21 September 2007.

History

The protium project [ [http://www.hydrogen.bham.ac.uk/protium.htm The Protium Project] ] at the University of Birmingham started at the beginning of 2006. The boat was named after Ross Barlow a postgraduate student who worked on the hydrogen hybrid canal boat project in its early stages and was an enthusiastic supporter of sustainable energy. Tragically he was killed in a hang gliding accident in March 2005 at the age of 25.

Refueling

The fixed tanks are refuelled at a waterway hydrogen station.The hydrogen is generated by electrolysis using solar or wind turbines

pecifications

Storage: 2.5 kg of hydrogen at 10 bar (1 MPa) in 5 Ti-V-Mn-Fe [ [http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/09/hydrogen-hybrid.html In detail 2] ] metal hydride solid-state hydrogen tanks [ [http://www.hydrogen.bham.ac.uk/ProtiumArticleJune27-lowRes.pdf In detail] ] , a lead acid battery stack , a 5-kW PEM fuel cell and a high torque NdFeB permanent magnet brushed DC electric motor.

ee also

* Hydrogen ship
* Hydrogen vehicle
* Hydrogen economy

References

External links

* [http://www.newscentre.bham.ac.uk/press/2007/09/Hydrogen_Barge_Launch_21_9_07.shtml Hydrogen Barge launch]


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