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Breaking Waves: Inside TU Delft's New Hydrogen-Powered Boating Team



The TU Delft Hydro Motion Team, formerly known as the TU Delft Solar Boat Team, is making waves in the maritime industry with their innovative and sustainable approach to boat design. With a rich history of 18 years, the team has been at the forefront of developing boats powered by renewable energy sources. This year, they are taking on a new challenge by designing and building a foiling hydrogen-powered boat to compete in the Monaco Open Sea Class.


The team's mission is to propel the maritime and energy industries towards a sustainable future. They aim to demonstrate the applicability of new technologies and bridge the gap between the "technology of the future" and the current norm. By showcasing the potential of hydrogen as a green fuel option, they hope to inspire companies and governments to embrace sustainable practices and develop the necessary infrastructure for the green energy transition.


The design of this year's boat focuses on seaworthiness and distance, as the team plans to sail between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, covering approximately 400 km of challenging waters in the North Sea. The boat features hydrofoils, which enable it to "fly" above the water, reducing drag and increasing speed and efficiency. With a cruising speed of 40 km/h, the team aims to complete the journey within a single day.


The TU Delft Hydro Motion Team consists of 23 multidisciplinary students who are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sustainable technology. They work closely with industry experts and alumni to gain practical experience and develop skills that will benefit them in their future careers. Through their projects, they aim to shape the engineers of a sustainable future.


With their passion, expertise, and commitment to sustainability, the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team is leading the way in revolutionizing the maritime industry. Their efforts to promote hydrogen-powered vessels and advocate for the development of necessary infrastructure are crucial steps towards a greener and more sustainable future. Stay tuned for updates on their journey.


For more details on the Hydrogen Market read our report: Hydrogen Horizons 2024-2050: Navigating the Global Hydrogen Market


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