ISTANBUL, 30 January 2012 - Turkey's Istanbul Technical University (ITU) has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell boat named "Marti" ("seagull"), developed over four years with funding from several organizations, including the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
"Marti" is fueled by one 8kW Hydrogenics HD8-500 Fuel Cell Power Module and includes storage of 20kg @ 200bar. The new boat can operate for 10 hours on 5kg of hydrogen with a maximum speed of 13 km/h.
The boat will be put into use on the Golden Horn estuary in Istanbul, shuttling between various wharfs and the Rahmi M. Koc Museum.
The fuel cell boat will be refueled at the Hydrogenics Refueling Station at Golden Horn Estuary in Istanbul. The station was created by the UNIDO International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technology (ICHET). This hydrogen production, storage and filling facility will be fully implemented by May 2012. The station will be used for refueling the hydrogen fuel cell passenger boat as well as a hydrogen internal combustion (HICE) bus.
Hydrogenics is providng the full array of equipment for this station including integration and commissioning. It will be the first facility of its kind supplying both sea and land transport vehicles from the same refueling point.
The Hydrogenics Electrolyzer-based fueling station is capable of producing 65kg of hydrogen per day and will be able to dispense fuel at 220 bar for refueling the boat and 350 bar for refueling the bus.
The Istanbul station is one of 4 new hydrogen fueling stations with Hydrogenics equipment being commissioned in Europe this year.
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UNIDO-ICHET Project Manager