Fuel Cell Motor Launch Tested

Newport Beach, California water taxi uses Hydrogen-on-Demand.

Published: 24-Aug-2003

Eatontown, NJ—August 21, 2003 —The world’s first electric fuel cell water taxi powered by Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen on Demand hydrogen fuel system successfully operated in the Newport Beach, California Harbor, as part of pre-launch testing. The project, which will demonstrate the utility of hydrogen fuel in generating power for ships and facilities in ports, is a cooperative effort between Millennium Cell, Seaworthy Systems, Duffy Electric Boat and Anuvu, Inc. This 30-day demonstration project, which will occur in September, is funded by California’s Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT), a partnership of academic institutions, government, and commercial corporations at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

The Duffy-Herreshoff 30 electric boat has been fitted with the Millennium Cell Hydrogen on Demand hydrogen storage and delivery system running through a complete PEM fuel cell engine from Anuvu, a developer and manufacturer of fuel cells and fuel cell engines. The 3kW Hydrogen on Demand system weighs less than 150 pounds and is used to power a stack of four 1.5kW Anuvu Power-XTM PEM fuel cells. This system replaces a diesel generator used to extend the range of the boat, which is 30 feet long and has a capacity of 18 passengers. It also provides an option to recharge the batteries from the Anuvu fuel cell engine without having to dock near electricity. Seaworthy Systems directed the system integration and engineering for the project.

“We are proud to be a partner in demonstrating the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells for ports and harbors, which face serious environmental challenges and need a clean fuel to stop the progress of water and air pollution,” said Dr. Stephen S. Tang, Millennium Cell President and CEO. “Our Hydrogen on Demand system is clean and easy to use in this application, as it is in other transportation, consumer electronic and standby power applications.”

“The Newport Beach water taxi demonstrates that hydrogen-powered fuel cell systems are available – today – to help contribute to a healthier environment,” said Rex Hodge, president and CEO of Anuvu. “The successful technology integration of Millennium Cell’s hydrogen system and Anuvu’s fuel cell engine shows the viability of hydrogen fuel cell power for the marine industry.”

Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen On Demand system is a recyclable, clean-burning energy source that can be used with fuel cells and gas and diesel turbine engines. When used with a fuel cell, the only emission is water vapor. A liquid fuel, it is compatible with existing infrastructure for liquid petroleum fuels, produces about the same amount of energy per gallon as that of gasoline, and is completely safe to produce, store, and transport.

Millennium Cell’s Hydrogen on Demand system generates hydrogen from sodium borohydride, which is derived from sodium borate, commonly known as borax. Dissolved in water and passed through a proprietary catalyst chamber, the sodium borohydride releases a perfect stream of pure hydrogen – on demand – to power a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine. The fuel’s byproduct is water and borax.

Millennium Cell
Founded in 1998, Millennium Cell is based in Eatontown, NJ, and has developed a multi-faceted patent portfolio, which the company is pursuing in the United States and internationally surrounding a proprietary process called Hydrogen on Demand. Millennium Cell also has a patented design for boron-based longer-life batteries. For more information visit www.millenniumcell.com or call 866-532-2783.

Seaworthy Systems, Inc.
Seaworthy Systems, Inc. was founded in 1973, and has grown to be one of the most respected marine engineering and naval architectural firms in the country. As an ISO 9001 certified consultancy, Seaworthy has provided a wide range of high quality services to the marine industry. Seaworthy Systems has a solid foundation in basic engineering as well as a flair for promising advanced technology. With offices on both Coasts, Seaworthy is uniquely suited to provide the engineering and systems integration needed to produce a successful commercial demonstration of the Hydrogen on Demand technology in the marine environment.

Duffy Electric Boat
Duffy Electric Boat Co., founded in 1970, leads the industry with over 4,000 pollution free electric boats in operation worldwide. Duffy Electric Boat Company is the leader in the electric boat industry with more than 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing and distributing both pleasure and commercial electric power boats. The product line, ranging from 16’ – 30’ are marketed on waterways which are speed controlled or prohibit combustion power. Duffy recently partnered with the Mangia Onda Co. to provide a waveless, electric water taxi operating on the canals of Venice, Italy. The company markets through dealers and sales representatives. fleets of rental and tour electric vessels operate in areas offering quite, pollution free boating for the public. For more information on Duffy Electric Boat Co. visit www.duffyboats.com or call us at 800-645-1044.

About Anuvu
Anuvu, Inc. is a pioneering developer and supplier of fuel cell products. The proprietary design of Anuvu’s fuel cells allows for near-term development and enhanced design potential for vehicles efficiently powered by hydrogen. Anuvu’s Power-XTM fuel cell line offers industries such as automotive, marine/boating and educational research low-cost, off-the-shelf fuel cell engine products as well as specially designed systems. More information can be found at: www.anuvu.com.%0D %0D

About CCDoTT
The Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) is a chartered university center at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) functioning as a partnership of academic institutions, government, and commercial corporations. The project was implemented to assist the Department of Defense (DOD), through the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). CCDoTT was organized to pursue a broad range of defense and commercial technologies, to analyze transportation problems and environmental impacts, and to develop technological, procedural, computer, or equipment solutions. CCDoTT and its associates are well versed in transportation technologies, computer simulation and modeling, defense C4, electronic commerce, economic and cost modeling, state-of-the-art training and educational solutions, and advanced manufacturing technologies.

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