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The H-USV is an industry first: an autonomous hydrogen-powered ship

water oceana UK-based startup specializing in the development of clean maritime technology, announced earlier this year a vessel that would an industry first. Its about H-USV, a surface platform that works powered by hydrogen and that in a couple of years will be ready for deployment. It can be used for different applications monitoring and security thank you can navigate autonomously for 40-60 days.

Although Acua Ocean has not yet given it a commercial name and maintains the name by which the development project is known, H-USV, this vessel has great potential within the maritime industry. Her design is the work of John Kecsmar a well-known creator of Marine Designs, the ship and marine engineering company based in Szczecin, Poland. It is a very versatile that can carry out various missions such as environmental data collection, project monitoring or security systems, without harmful emissions.

According to Acua Ocean, the 6,000 liters of liquid hydrogen that it transports in its tanks would guarantee its strength and reliability. This new ship is designed to travel for 40-60 days at 4 knots speed (7.4 km/h) with a payload capacity of 4,500 kilograms. The use of hydrogen instead of conventional fuel will allow the H-USV to reduce CO emissionstwo by 99% during its operations (as long as it is green hydrogen, that which has been obtained by electrolysis using renewable energy sources). In addition, it also has the latest technology for autonomous navigation that allow you to perform data collection, analysis, real-time decision making and threat detection.

Acua Ocean H-USV hydrogen-interior boat
Acua Ocean plans to start prototype acceptance tests in 2023. Swarm demonstrations will follow in 2024, to deploy the first hydrogen-powered unmanned ships in 202

The builder has received approval from Lloyd’s Register to implement its hydrogen system, electrical power distribution systems and control system on a Maritime Autonomous Surface Vessel (MASS). The prototype systems underwent Factory Acceptance Testing earlier this year as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport. The startup continued to develop the automation of its onboard hydrogen systems, through a grant called TRIG (Connected Places Catapult Transport Research Innovation Grant).

Acua Ocean plans to start the prototype acceptance tests in 2023. Swarm demonstrations will continue in 2024, to deploy the first hydrogen-powered unmanned ships in 2025.

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