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Whale watching ship to be powered by hydrogen

Icelandic energy company Nýorka is planning to install a hydrogen engine in the whale watching ship Elding by summer 2008, which would be the first of its kind in the world.

If everything goes according to plan, Elding will sail out of Reykjavík harbor powered by hydrogen in June 2008 and test the new engine at sea, Fréttabladid supplement Markadurinn reports.

The design of the engine is Icelandic, but the generator is imported.

“We believe we are taking a new path and we hope knowledge in this field will become very valuable in the future,” said Jón Björn Skúlason, managing director of Nýorka.

Skúlason said foreign media like the Discovery Channel had taken interest in the project.

“People envision environmentally friendly energy for boats instead of oil. […] With the hydrogen generator there will be no pollution from the engine or vibration from the boat.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at ISK 40 million (USD 622,000, EUR 460,000).

Click here to read more about Nýorka and hydrogen cars in Iceland.

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