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.

As an alternative to petrol and diesel engines, hydrogen powered transport impacts significantly less on the environment as they produce zero direct emissions: the only waste product is water.  This would mean a big reduction in air and water pollution, in addition to reduced noise, in the harbour if the technology was widely adopted in the future.
Hydrogenesis - hydrogen fuel cell boat
Hydrogenesis – the UK’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered boat

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.

Read the BBC report on “Hydrogenesis” here.

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