Hydrogenics announced as Technology Partner to the Energy Challenge
Phil Sharp Racing’s Energy Challenge has partnered with Hydrogenics, a global leader in developing and implementing hydrogen systems. Hydrogenics is supplying the advanced fuel cell technology that will be pivotal in fulfilling the Challenge’s goal of circumnavigating the globe, non-stop, without emissions.
The Challenge is mid-development of a self-sufficient, CO2-free clean energy system, offering a lighter solution with greater energy security and reliability compared to traditional diesel generators currently used across the boating sector. Hydrogenics will be supplying its advanced fuel cell modules to the system ensuring a safe, sustainable, and hydrogen-powered solution.
Phil Sharp, Skipper and Technical Director of the Energy Challenge commented, “The Energy Challenge is very excited to partner with Hydrogenics as we believe their advanced clean-power technologies provide the ideal solution for high energy storage, and can replace the need for finite fuels on board. Importantly, they share our vision of decarbonising the boating sector and will be crucial for the development of a reliable demonstrator that can hopefully kick-start the necessary transition to renewable power.”
Last year’s Climate Change Conference in Paris highlighted the urgency for the transport sector to replace fossil fuel technology with clean solutions. A unique goal of the Challenge is to demonstrate the performance advantages of clean technologies through a competitive project in offshore sailing. To date, no vessel has completed a non-stop circumnavigation of the globe without using or carrying fossil fuels. The Challenge aims to be the first to achieve this with a zero emissions entry in the 2018 Barcelona World Race that will provide the ultimate demonstration for a new concept in marine power.
Daryl Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogenics commented, “Offshore sailing provides a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate our robust technology in a highly demanding environment. Hydrogenics’ fuel cells are designed to perform in both extreme weather conditions and extreme performance applications, including aerospace and underwater technologies.
“Being selected as a preferred Technology Partner for Phil Sharp’s Energy Challenge in an environment where safety and reliability not only means the difference between victory and defeat but are also absolutely critical to the solo sailor’s own personal safety, is testament to Hydrogenics’ reputation and the maturity of our products being up to the challenge in any environment.
“The partnership with Phil Sharp represents Hydrogenics’ ongoing commitment to being leaders in sustainable technology. Our world-class hydrogen fuel cells produce zero greenhouse emissions and exceed expectations for reliability, durability and efficiency.”
UPDATE: The latest from Phil: the final day in the Transat QSM
“We reached a big milestone in the race yesterday entering the English Channel to the south of the Scilly Isles and exiting the Atlantic. It is incredible to think that just 7 days ago we passed the SE point of Newfoundland, and have covered the North Atlantic in just under a week in a 40ft boat!
“After our spinnaker problems we are still currently lying in 6th place, but have been very much on the attack again and making up ground on our competition in front. Armel Tripon on Black Pepper is now right alongside, just 0.4 miles away, and we are slowly edging past him. Isabelle Josche on Generali is now just 4 miles ahead, whereas the deficit yesterday morning was 8 miles. So we are pushing Imerys to the limit to seek out every advantage possible and plan a careful strategy to the finish.
“On the weather files there is practically no wind shown in the Channel north of Brittany, so this could really play in our favour. We are hoping that the front of the fleet will condense heavily as boats slow up, and so believe that while the Spanish pretty much have the race sewn up, the podium positions are subject to change.
“It’s got a lot warmer since we entered the Channel and we are no longer having to wear hats and full thermals on deck during the day. There are also a lot more dolphins around the boat now the water has warmed up – although many less seabirds. Further north we saw a lot of Fulmars, which can stay flying around the boat for the whole day. Most likely waiting for some food, and used to following fishing boats!
“The only food we really seem to have left on the boat now is porridge. A lot of porridge. This makes life quite simple, as when one of us gets hungry there is no discussion on what people want to eat. It now comes down to how many spoons of powdered milk or sugar they want in their porridge! I only hope we hit dry land soon before we all get scurvy.
“It is difficult to say exactly what our ETA is in St Malo, as the wind is going to turn so variable, but it looks as though late afternoon or evening is likely. It will be a very special feeling to arrive back there, and complete a full circle of the North Atlantic, which started in the Transat Warm-up from St Malo back in late April. Until the finish though we have the bit between our teeth and are all staying very focused on taking full advantage of every puff that we can to increase our speed to the finish.”
Seriously close racing,@Imerys climbed back up to 4th place in the night, but soon lost pressure as the most northerly boat
After a wild ocean crossing it's proving to be an entirely technical and challenging race finish with some boats moving less than a knot and others seemingly drifting backwards. Current ETA 19:30.