Oceanslab hydrogen race boat final build phase
The 60-foot foiling OceansLab IMOCA, a third generation Manuard design, has its deck and hull structurally assembled at Pauger Carbon Composites boatyard. Hydrogen integration specialists Genevos will install the energy system when Black Pepper Yachts in Nantes finishes fitting out the IMOCA.
In April, the hull of this game-changing zero-emission racing yacht was gently lifted from her mold after millimetre-precision ring frame insertion. Twenty bulkheads and other supporting components composed of prepress carbon-epoxy with a lightweight nomex core were erected in May and June. The deck and integrated cockpit were built between June and July, taking two months to complete.
After completing the interior structure, foil supports, and keel support, the build team attached the deck to the hull, ending the eight-month structural build that began when fibre was poured into the mould. System installation of rigging, deck gear, electronics, hydraulics, and energy is now the priority.
Testing for potential pig waste-to-hydrogen facility starts
A significant project that attempts to lessen the negative environmental effects of livestock ammonia emissions and could eventually result in hydrogen production has started its testing phase.
At the pig farm conducting the trials under the PigProGrAm scheme, which is supported by £600,000 (€703.1k) in funding from the UK government, ammonia-harvesting machinery has been installed.
In order to develop a farm-focused solution to extract green ammonia from pig waste, which could result in the production of hydrogen, the project combines agricultural and technical expertise.