The UK’s first hydrogen-powered ferry has been spotted in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. This may not be new news but it’s the first time that I have seen the ferry, named Hydrogenesis, with my own eyes, when it was moored yesterday near the ss Great Britain.
Hydrogenesis is the result of a consortium formed between No. 7 Boat Trips, the Bristol Packet and Auriga Energy.
According to The Engineer magazine, the fuel cell on board the new boat will use hydrogen and oxygen to produce energy, with water and heat as by-products.
Auriga managing director and the designer of the fuel cell Jas Singh said he hopes insurance issues preventing such fuel-cell technology from taking off in larger boats will be overcome through demonstrating Hydrogenesis.
But despite the ferry being shortlisted for the inaugural Bristol Genius Award, and promises that it would launch earlier this summer, the project seems to have unravelled.
Can anybody shed any light on the matter?