Torqeedo have announced a collaboration with Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH with a view to integrating hydrogen fuel cell charging into their propulsion systems for electric boats.

The two Bavaria-based companies will work together on a new marine hydrogen hybrid building kit integrating Torqeedo’s existing Deep Blue battery-electric drive systems and Proton Motor’s advanced fuel cell technology.

Jochen Czabke, Senior Vice-President Product Development and Global Service for Torqeedo GmbH, said: ‘The hydrogen-electric Deep Blue hybrid system will provide a practical and cost-effective solution that will allow for fast fuelling, overcome speed and range limitations, and meet the most restrictive emission requirements on environmentally sensitive waterways and in urban areas.’ 

The system will be designed to provide propulsion power ranging from 50 to 200 kW and fuel cell power of 30 to 120 kW and will have flexible options for hydrogen storage. A prototype system will be tested and validated at Torqeedo’s engineering centre near Munich. /