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Voller Energy & Ken Freivokh Collaborate on Fuel Cell Yacht Design
Source : H-Tech Inc.
Date : Oct. 10, 2007

Voller Energy, a green technology company focused on alternative energy supply, with the aim of a lower carbon economy has collaborated with the world renowned yacht designer Ken Freivokh.  The 55 foot concept cruising yacht design drawings are a global first for a yacht designed to be completely powered by fuel cell technology.

Voller Energy’s Emerald Fuel Cell System is predicted to revolutionise power supply and design in the marine industry by providing clean, safe and reliable electric power. Without the need to house a sizeable generator or engine, the compact cell and constant supply of electricity opens up the design of a yacht.  Below decks there is increased design scope for living areas and a greater potential to incorporate electrically reliant components on deck for comfort cruising.

Ken Freivokh, an international sailor himself, is the founding designer of Ken Freivokh Design, the exclusive designer for many of the world’s prestigious brands such as Sunseeker and Nautor’s Swan.  More recently Ken has undertaken ‘one off’ projects such as the Maltese Falcon and Leopard 3.  Ken Freivokh is very much at the forefront of yacht design and supports the expansion of fuel cell technology into the yachting world, ‘a future yacht in five years time will be aimed at designing the whole yacht round a cell and accommodating a fuel cell will be standard issue in the marine design industry’, Ken Freivokh.

Environmentally fuel cells are very important, on a global level the Emerald fuel cell system is commercially the first to run off LPG, Propane or Calor Gas.  Compared to a traditional diesel generator the Emerald will cut toxic emissions by an estimated sixty times.  Added benefits include reduced maintenance, low noise and vibrations, with a significant reduction in overall weight.

Stephen Voller, CEO Voller Energy commented, ‘it is the potential reliability and ease of maintenance of the fuel cell which are its main attributes to the boating world, due to the nature of this leisure pursuit during passages you can be a long way from a service yard and need to trust and rely on your chosen electrical supply’.

Voller Energy will be featuring the clean and stylish, next generation 55ft cruising yacht on their stand 01.444 at METS this year.

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