NatPower H and Hydrocell sign their first agreement for the supply of 4.5 tons of hydrogen

NatPower H, part of the NatPower Group, is the leading global developer of innovative infrastructure for the production, storage and refueling of green hydrogen for pleasure boating, and Hydrocell, an innovator in the field of renewable energy which produces control units for hydrogen-powered and electric propulsion systems, has signed an agreement for the supply of hydrogen to be used as a propellant for zero-emission boats.

The contract covers the supply of approximately 4.5 tons of hydrogen over 3 years from one of the stations to be installed by NatPower H or in mobile mode. The hydrogen will be used for the propulsion of Hydrocell’s light passenger transport vessel “Nobody’s Perfect”, a retrofitted 17-meter fishing vessel built in Bordeaux in 1978, which will host the first hydrogen engine (its 10kg-capacity fuel tank allowing for 30 hours of sailing) managed by a control unit designed by Hydrocell. Refueling operations will begin during the testing phase of the craft and continue into the operational phase.

“This is an important contract for the boating industry and for NatPower H, consolidating our commitment and knowledge as a vital player in the decarbonization of boating,” says Andrea Minerdo, “Today hydrogen strengthens its position as a fuel of the future, as it begins the transition from an experimental propellant to one that is commercially-available to all”.

“The agreement with NatPower H is a concrete sign of the desire to push towards the use of renewable, easily accessible energy sources like hydrogen to build a better future for everyone,” explains Karl Manfredi, “For us, hydrogen is one of the keys to a more sustainable planet: we have therefore combined our wealth of varied experience in the sector to make our contribution. Thanks to NatPower H we can add another piece to a project of crucial importance to us – the retrofitting of “Nobody’s Perfect”.

Engr. Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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