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Glosten to design hybrid hydrogen ship

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UC San Diego has just chosen the naval architectural and marine engineering firm Glosten to build a new vessel. It will be outfitted with a hybrid hydrogen propulsion system and be used for coastal studies.

This ship, which was unveiled a year ago, is regarded as a true revolution for the marine industry. It will feature a distinctive propulsion system with fuel cells and a diesel-electric system that is over 40 meters long. At least $35 million will be spent on its development.

Glosten claims that by running solely on hydrogen, the boat will be able to do 75% of its tasks at sea without releasing any carbon dioxide. Larger missions will require more power, which will also be supplied by environmentally friendly diesel generators.

A wide range of sensors, such as acoustic Doppler current profilers, systems for mapping the seabed, images for mid-water fishing, and biological and geological samples, will be installed on the 38-meter vessel.

Once constructed, it will join the Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s fleet. As a result, it will enable research on the Californian coast and the effects of climate change on its ecology to be conducted.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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