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A hydrogen-powered Catalina 42

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A California company is in the process of outfitting a 42-foot Catalina sailboat with alternative power.

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A hydrogen-powered Catalina 42

A California company is in the process of outfitting a 42-foot Catalina sailboat with alternative power.

HaveBlue LLC’s marine hydrogen fuel technology demonstration vessel, X/V-1, will receive a developmental metal hydride hydrogen storage system from Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Systems, according to HaveBlue. The metal hydride storage system, which provides such advantages as higher performance and greater hydrogen capacity over competitive storage systems, will store the hydrogen produced by HaveBlue’s technology in a safe, solid form aboard the X/V-1, according to the company.

Provided by program sponsor Catalina Yachts, the X/V-1 is a modified Catalina 42 that will use environmentally friendly hydrogen energy to provide all required power and propulsion. HaveBlue says its patented self-contained system produces renewable hydrogen from purified sea water using clean energy power sources, such as solar panels, wind generators and regenerative electric drive motors.

“Sailing yachts are the perfect early adopter of hydrogen as a fuel, and we believe that the vast majority will be ideal for application of metal hydride hydrogen storage technology like the systems produced by Texaco Ovonic Hydrogen Systems,” says HaveBlue president Craig Schmitman.

After completing testing and public demonstrations throughout the year, HaveBlue hopes to begin limited retailing of the X/V-1 program’s system in 2005. www.haveblue.com