Turkey's Istanbul Technical University (ITU) unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell boat last month. The boat
named "Marti" (which means "seagull") was developed over four years with funding from several organizations,
including the Istanbul Metrolpolitan Municipality and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
The "Marti" is fueled by one 8kW Hydrogenics HD8-500 Fuel Cell Power Module and includes storage of 20kg @ 200bar. The Marti can operate for 10 hours on 5kg of hydrogen with a maximum speed of 13 km/h.
The Boat will be put into use on the Golden Horn estuary in Istanbul, shuttling between various wharfs and the Rahmi M. Koc Museum.
Also at the Golden Horn estuary in Istanbul is the site of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technology (ICHET) Golden Horn Hydrogen Fueling
Station. This hydrogen production, storage and filling facility will be fully implemented by May 2012.
This station will be used for refueling the hydrogen fuel cell passenger boat as well as a hydrogen internal combustion (HICE) bus. Hydrogenics is providng the full array of equipment for this station including integration and commissioning. It will be the first facility of its kind supplying both sea and land transport vehicles from the same refuelling point.
The Hydrogenics Electrolyzer-based Fueling Station is capable of producing 65kg of hydrogen per day and will be able to dispense fuel at 220 bar for refueling the boat and 350 bar for refueling the bus. The Electrolyzer seen below left Hydrogenics manufacturing facility in Belgium last month and is on its way to the Golden Horn site in Istanbul.
The Istanbul station is one of 4 new hydrogen fueling stations with Hydrogenics equipment being commissioned in Europe this year.
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