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Fuel Cells for Sailing

Just when I was considering buying a new diesel engine for Zamindar, Californian company Haveblue have come along with a prototype fuel cell propulsion system for yachts which they plan to put into production next year. The system extracts hydrogen from seawater and uses it to propel the boat and power it's electrical system through a 10Kw fuel cell. Apart from being potentially cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly, they should also be nearly silent in operation. At the moment, however, a boat with their technology is expected to cost $300,000 to $500,000 so maybe I'll stick with diesel for the moment.

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