Today the California Air Resource Board (CARB) announced that Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), has been awarded a $3m grant to build the first hydrogen fuel cell ferry in the Bay area.
The planned hydrogen fuel cell powered ferry would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
The ferry will be able to carry 84 passengers and the construction of the vessel is expected to commence in Alameda, California, this fall and the official launcy is expected to occur in mid-2019, the vessel will be named Water-Go-Round.
Dr. Joseph W. Pratt GGZEM’s CEO said, “Together, with our partners, we will show our communities there is a long-term solution to meeting the drastic cuts in pollution and greenhouse gases required by states like California and other governments around the globe.”
When launched in mid-2019 the Water-Go-Round will be the first fuel cell vessel in the US and the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world. The completion of this project represents a global paradigm shift for marine vessel power. Built by GGZEM and its partners, this vessel will serve as a demonstration to the commercial and regulatory community at large. Performance will be independently measured by Sandia National Laboratories.
H2 tank array 264 kg, 250 bar compressed gas, up to 2 full days operation
2x 300 kW (400 hp) shaft motors (1 in each demi-hull)
100 kWh batteries in hulls provide boost power to achieve 22 knots
70' Overall Length, Aluminum hull, 84 passengers with high visibility window arrangement
About Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine
Launched in 2017, the Bay Area company is a full service provider oof marine power systems that are clean and quiet, comply with all current and future environmental regulations, meet rising customer demand for sustainable systems, and reduce total cost of vessel ownership.
GGZEM’s mission is to bring the benefits of zero emission H2 fuel cell technology to businesses and the planet.