The company, run by skipper Phil Sharp, has announced at Hyvolution a partnership with a manufacturer specialising in hydrogen-powered unmanned surface vessels (USVs).
Acua Ocean specialises in developing autonomous low-emission ships for ocean surveillance and data collection in the fields of security, offshore energy and marine conservation. With zero pollution and a much higher autonomy, hydrogen is obviously an interesting alternative. This strategic collaboration with Genevos will focus on developing a marine hydrogen fuel cell with a continuous power of 40kW and fully integrated aboard a USV.
Genevos’ HPM solutions are built for durability with corrosion-resistant graphite fuel cells and an IP56 rating, which makes them suitable for installation in an engine room or on a bridge.
“Critical to this decision is Genevos’ focus on marinization and their understanding of the robustness and reliability required of technology solutions operating in open ocean conditions”, stated Neil Tinmouth, Acua Ocean CEO. On her end, co-founder and CEO of Genevos, Rebecca Sharp, affirmed: “USVs are undergoing significant global demand due to their high autonomy which benefits applications from environmental and climate monitoring, to commercial surveillance. Supporting pioneering USV manufactures such as ACUA Ocean, with a clean energy solution is a key goal of ours”.
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili