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Students re-create historic steamboat trip — with hydrogen

A group of students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (tagline Why not change the world?) plans to re-create Robert Fulton's voyage up the Hudson River using hydrogen-powered fuel cells instead of steam.

The students launch Monday from Pier 84 in Manhattan and plan to arrive Sept. 25 in Troy, N.Y., according to a story in the Times Union.

Students removed the ship's mast and installed fuel-cell-powered electrical motors. The fuel cells are the kind that usually power fork lifts, according to the article.

Fulton's original voyage, in 1807, launched commercial steamboating on the Hudson River, according to the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

To read the full story and see pictures of the 22-foot New Clermont, click here.