Jersey set to be hydrogen power test bed for marine industry.
Jersey’s Government is partnering with marine hydrogen accelerator OceansLab in collaboration with Ports of Jersey, in a demonstration of its commitment to decarbonisation and a net zero future.
OceansLab, led by Jersey round the world yachtsman, Phil Sharp, develops clean technologies through professional ocean yacht racing. A zero-carbon consortium will be established in Jersey, which will see the Ports of Jersey and OceansLab investigate the use of hydrogen technology on port infrastructure and vessels including ferries, service vessels (tugs, dredgers, lifeboats) and cargo ships.
The Government of Jersey is to be a brand ambassador for the OceansLab race boat as it competes in the IMOCA Globe Series exclusively with zero fossil fuels aboard, emitting only water as a hydrogen fuel cell by-product. Key events include transatlantic races, the Transat Jacques Vabre, and the Route du Rhum, and around-the-world races the Vendée Globe, and The Ocean Race.
The agreement also includes educational opportunities for Jersey-based students through sailing experiences, internships, an apprenticeship programme, as well as school visits and presentations on subjects with a focus on renewable energy innovations and ocean health.