Fuel cell system provides clean onboard power
A unique challenge to row across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in a 29ft boat crewed in part by people living with Parkinson's Disease and PTSD is being supported by hydrogen fuel cell technology.
The Brain Waves Challenge aims to generate research data to better understand these conditions and if successful, will achieve two world firsts - the first crew to row nonstop between Australia and Africa and the first to row across two oceans in the same year.
On board will be Berkshire-based Fuel Cell Systems' eco-friendly EFOY COMFORT to provide continuous onboard battery charging via fuel cell technology. There is no need for charging via the engine or generator and the unit can be used as stand-alone or in conjunction with solar and wind power.
There has been positive feedback from other users. Mark Phillips has had the fuel cell system installed on his Rustler 42, Yacht Ismana, for the past four years. "EOY COMFORT has given a clean quiet and trouble-free alternative to an onboard generator with only water as a bi-product," he said.
"Perfect to top up batteries when at quiet anchorages without short power and even better when sailing on passage to maintain the running of the electronic navigation systems without having to run a noisy engine or generator.
"It saves marina fees and gives independence to the sailor on passage."
The EFOY COMFORT fuel cell produces electricity using the fuel in the fuel cartridge and adding oxygen from the air. Virtually emission-free, the bi-products are water vapour containing an insignificant amount of CO2 and waste heat. The integrated charge controller continuously monitors the charge level of the 12V battery and starts and stops automatically as required. It is also possible to operate 230V devices with the use of an inverter.
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