Fuel Cells: Not Just Land-Based

By offering regenerative fuel cell systems to the marine industry within two years, HaveBlue LLC believes they’re positioned to play an important role in protecting the environment and accelerating the penetration of hydrogen into mass markets.

Ventura Harbor, California – February 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The management of a small California company, HaveBlue LLC, is convinced that it is one company that is in the right place at the right time. Because HaveBlue is just two years away from introducing to the marine market hydrogen power and propulsion systems that utilize Renewable Energy sources, Craig Schmitman, president and CEO, is confident that HaveBlue, is uniquely positioned to play a large role in ushering in hydrogen as the predominant fuel of the future. Started in 1999, HaveBlue is an energy systems company engaged in the development of patent-pending hydrogen-based technology tasked to providing power and propulsion for marine vessels. The company is currently developing systems for the recreational sailboat and powerboat markets. In addition, HaveBlue technology is proving to have potentially far-reaching scientific and homeland defense applications that call for long endurance missions. According to Schmitman, the company has already begun testing of systems components aboard the X/V-1, the first test-vessel of its kind. The X/V-1 is a specially built 42-ft Catalina model 42 Mk. II sailboat, provided by sponsor Catalina Yachts, that is being outfitted with a fully self-contained, onboard, zero or ultra-low emission power system that may utilize fresh or salt-water and electricity from renewable technologies (i.e., wind & solar) to produce, store, and consume hydrogen as fuel. “Recreational sailboats are the perfect early adopter or `bridge’ application on the way to eventual mass marketing of hydrogen as fuel for cars,” said Schmitman. “HaveBlue technology solves the infrastructure or gas station problem by locating the hydrogen production system on the boat so it goes everywhere the boat goes — with power for system operation coming from renewable technologies already in use by our market — wind generators, solar panels, and now, regeneration from electric drive motors — essentially the marine equivalent of regenerative braking in electric and hybrid cars.”

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