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Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible: Team Designs Zero-Emissions Research Vessel

placeholder+imagePosted on: 07/11/2018

Marine research activities can be carbon free now, thanks to a ship design developed by Sandia National Laboratories.


Hydrogen fuel cell technology has existed for decades. Its advantages include zero-emission and zero-noise. Using hydrogen fuel cell in a ship will protect research samples collected from air or water in vulnerable ecological zones and protect marine animals that have sensitive hearing.


Despite its benefits over diesel, the feasibility of a hydrogen fuel research vessel has never been proven until recently. Early this month, a Sandia report proves it is economically and technically possible to construct and run a hydrogen fuel vessel that abides by marine regulations. The vessel for the project is called Zero-V,” short-hand for zero-emissions research vessel.


Sandia National Laboratories is run by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., which is owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. The lab was funded by the Department of Transportations Maritime Administration.


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