BAE Systems provides propulsion system for America’s first ship with zero-emission fuel cell technology


SAN FRANCISCO & ENDICOTT, NY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – BAE Systems, a leader in electric propulsion, has successfully installed its zero-emission propulsion system in America’s first hydrogen fuel cell vessel, the Sea change.

BAE Systems supplied its HybriGen® Power and Propulsion solution to Zero Emission Industries for integration on the Sea change ship that will operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Sea change The project is funded and owned by SWITCH Maritime, an impact investment company that is building the world’s first fleet of zero-carbon electrically powered maritime vessels for adoption by existing vessel owners and operators.

BAE Systems’ propulsion system interfaces with a hydrogen and fuel cell system supplied by Zero Emission Industries and lithium-ion batteries to power the vessel without the need for a traditional combustion engine. The all-electric system eliminates the use of diesel fuel and reduces engine maintenance to create a clean mode of transportation.

“We are committed to bringing our customers zero emissions with highly reliable and flexible systems that have been proven to work on land and in the water,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of power and control solutions. propulsion at BAE Systems. “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.”

BAE Systems worked with the shipbuilder, All American Marine, and the designer, Incat Crowther, after teaming up with the two companies on several projects. BAE Systems uses proven controls and components that have passed US Coast Guard certification and inspection.

The project is also partially funded by a $ 3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), which comes from the Climate investments in California initiative, a statewide program that spends billions of dollars in cap-and-trade dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve the public health and the environment, especially in disadvantaged communities.

BAE Systems has been at the forefront of commercializing hydrogen fuel cell technology since the first fuel cell bus integration in 1998. HybriGen Power and Propulsion brings this unparalleled capability to water, because the system integrates fully into a new or existing architecture on ships. The system is based on 25 years of innovation and proven technologies that power more than 14,000 power and propulsion systems in transit and maritime markets around the world.


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