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Torqeedo Adopts Hydrogen Cells (Zero Emissions) for Navigation

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Torqeedo and Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, two worlds that meet for a common goal. The idea being developed by this collaboration is to integrate the charging of hydrogen fuel cells for the propulsion systems that Torqeedo uses in its electric boats.

Together the two companies designed a marine hydrogen hybrid construction kit with innovative features to integrate Deep Blue battery electric systems with Proton Motor’s advanced technology. Let’s take a closer look.

More speed and range with the hydrogen-electric hybrid system

The project, which has received funding from the Bavarian federal government for the period 2021 to 2024, will provide a practical and cost-effective solution for:

  • Quick replenishment
  • Increase speed and range
  • Meet the most restrictive emission requirements on environmentally sensitive waterways or in urban areas

As explained by Jochen Czabke , Senior Vice President Product Development and Global Service for Torqeedo GmbH, the Deep Blue Hybrid system provides a propulsion range from 50 to 200 kW. Furthermore, the cells will have a range between 30 and 120 kW and will ensure flexible hydrogen storage.

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The Deep Blue 40 kWh battery. Photo: Torqeedo

We should recall that the Deep Blue Hybrid is the first fully integrated system presented on the market that combines a hybrid propulsion system with the entire on-board energy management. In this way, it is possible to sail without any engine noise, in total relax, ensuring the use of energies which protect the environment and favor greater independence.

“We look forward to delivering a zero-emission hybrid-electric propulsion system that will improve the range and performance of our battery-powered engines without the use of fossil fuels,” said Czabke.

The prototype will be tested at Torqeedo‘s engineering center near Munich, to proceed with the updated delivery of another tool in the Deep Blue toolkit.

Read more about Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH

For over 20 years Torqeedo, part of the DEUTZ group, has been manufacturing products characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration.

Proton Motor has been the European expert in climate-neutral power generation for 25 years, with a specialization in hydrogen fuel cells that are developed and produced in-house. Standard or customized zero CO2 hybrid systems are also available for the automotive, marine and railway sectors.

The company’s goal is to focus on stationary applications such as emergency power for critical infrastructure and mobile solutions as back-to-base applications.