BAE Systems installs a propulsion system on board the vessel Sea Change

The propulsion system includes a hydrogen and fuel cell system supplied by Zero Emission Industries. Credit: BAE Systems / Business Wire.

UK-based BAE Systems has completed the deployment of its HybriGen Power and Propulsion solution aboard the Sea Change, America’s first hydrogen fuel cell vessel.

The company has supplied its zero-emission propulsion system to Zero Emission Industries to equip the Sea Change vessel, which will sail in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Switch Maritime investment company financed the Sea Change project.

Switch Maritime is working on the development of its first fleet of zero-carbon electrically powered maritime vessels.

The propulsion system includes a hydrogen and fuel cell system supplied by Zero Emission Industries.

It also incorporates lithium-ion batteries to power the vessel in the absence of a traditional combustion engine.

According to BAE Systems, the all-electric system minimizes engine maintenance while phasing out the use of diesel fuel to support a clean mode of transportation.

Steve Trichka, General Manager and Vice President of Power and Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems, said: “We are committed to bringing our customers zero emissions with highly reliable and flexible systems that are proven on earth and in water.

“This historic milestone is the next stop on this journey, as we provide San Francisco with an innovative solution that reduces emissions and creates a new form of clean daily transportation for hundreds of commuters.”

For the development of this capability, BAE Systems worked with All American Marine and Incat Crowther.

The company used “proven” controls and components that have been certified and inspected by the US Coast Guard.

In addition, the project received a $ 3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) under the administration of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

BAE Systems launched the new HybriGen Power and Propulsion system for the marine industry last month.

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