ITM Power has announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cheetah Marine to develop a hydrogen fuelled catamaran as part of the Isle of Wight EcoIsland project. Island energy systems are one of the key entry markets for on-site hydrogen fuel production. Islands have high fuel prices and difficult fuel logistics. Most island systems utilise significant numbers of marine vehicles constituting an existing global market for outboard engines in the region of 800,000 units pa. Emissions are an important focus for the industry due to restrictive use in the sensitive near-shore environment.
Cheetah Marine, now in their 20th year of production, continues to lead Europe in the specialist design and construction of power catamarans. Cheetah Marine catamarans are renowned in the commercial world where all weather time at sea is critical. The company combines their customers’ specifications with their knowledge and expertise gained from building over 300 catamarans. The Company currently occupies 1400m2 of undercover workshop space on the Isle of Wight and is an innovation partner to EcoIsland.
ITM Power will work with Cheetah Marine to optimise existing petrol outboard motors to run on hydrogen to reduce emissions and fuel costs and improve fuel security. The resulting vehicle will be taken through the approvals process to be marketed as a product alongside ITM Power’s refueling equipment.
Source: ITM Power