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Turkey Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boat
In brief: Turkey has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell boat that was four years in the making.
Turkey is, in many respects, leading the world in hydrogen fuel cell and related development. The country has developed a hydrogen fuel cell car (using NaBH4 derived from boron, a plentiful mineral mined in Turkey), locomotive (hydrail), and how an H2-fueled boat.
The small craft was built over four years' time by students and faculty at Istanbul Technical University under government grant.
The boat has a 10 hour cruise time on just 5 kilograms of hydrogen, which is 5x cheaper than gasoline. It cruises at a top speed of 13km/h - fast enough for most small water yachts.
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The boat is a prototype that the university hopes to license for production for sale, as the concept is scalable and could become anything from small craft to ferries or barges.
Photo credits: Hurriyet Daily News
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