Torqeedo is Looking at Hydrogen Propulsion

The idea is to integrate hydrogen fuel cell charging into electric-boat propulsion systems.
Torqeedo propulsion systems
Torqeedo and Proton Motor Fuel Cell, two Bavarian companies, have received funding from the Bavarian government for their hydrogen-propulsion project dubbed “Ma-Hy-Hy.” Courtesy Torqeedo

Torqeedo, which specializes in propulsion systems for electric boats, is collaborating with Proton Motor Fuel Cell to integrate hydrogen fuel cell charging into Torqeedo systems.

The two Bavaria-based companies plan to work on a marine hydrogen hybrid building kit that will integrate Torqeedo’s existing Deep Blue battery-electric drive systems and Proton Motor’s fuel cell technology.

“The hydrogen-electric Deep Blue Hybrid system will provide a practical and cost-effective solution that will allow for fast fueling, overcome speed and range limitations, and will meet the most restrictive emission requirements on environmentally sensitive waterways or in urban areas,” Jochen Czabke, senior vice president product development and global service for Torqeedo, stated in a press release.

The project’s working title is Ma-Hy-Hy (marine-hydrogen-hybrid). It has received funding from the Bavarian government through 2024.

The system will be designed to provide propulsion power ranges from 50 to 200 kW and fuel cell power of 30 to 120 kW. It will have flexible options for hydrogen storage.

A prototype system will be tested at Torqeedo’s engineering center near Munich, Germany.

What’s the overall project goal? To develop a zero-emission hybrid-electric propulsion system that will enhance the range and performance of battery-powered drives, without using any fossil fuels.

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