GGZEM awarded $3m grant to build first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the US


Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), a company on a mission to eliminate maritime pollution, in collaboration with partners, has been awarded a $3m grant by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to build the first hydrogen (H2) fuel cell vessel in the US.

Providing a solution to a $330bn global maritime pollution problem, the zero-emission vessel will be the first of its kind in the US and the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world.

Expected to be launched in mid-2019, the vessel will be named Water-Go-Round, a light-hearted nod that speaks to the cyclical nature of how the technology works. Simply put, H2 can be created from water and after being used in a fuel cell, becomes water again. Since water is the only byproduct of the power system, widespread adoption of this technology for shipping will achieve drastic reductions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

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