“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein.
The TRYBRID Project will deliver a technology demonstrator for the new energy agenda, on a platform that has never before been seen : a fuel cell circumnavigation of the planet, using energy in new ways through onboard processing. Photovoltaic solar energy, will hybridize with a fuel cell, and a gas fired diesel electric, in a three way
combination, atop the triple hulled, TRYBRID. To do this natural gas is steam reformed on demand, to supply a hydrogen reformate gas, to power a PEM fuel cell. As well, the 70% hydrogen brew, is added to internal combustion, to clean up the exhaust from the gas fired diesel electric system, (used for 20 knot sprint speeds). This revolutionary trimaran, will be taken on a 3 year circumnavigation of the world’s capital cities, in a partnership in negotiation between China and Australia. The project is both a climate change ambassador, and a lighthouse for the clean use of gas based fuels. Given the inevitable ramping of oil prices, overlaid with climate change concerns, the TRYBRID project is, indeed, ‘An idea whose time has arrived’.
Australia’s world dominance as designer of the most efficient fast ferries, combined with leading edge EU hydrogen technology, is being deployed by the Australians and Chinese, to confront and abate concerns around CO2, peak oil, and diesel emission toxicity.
Commercial spin-offs, in the marine and transport sector are substantive. A range of marine uses in recreational, ferry and military use can be based on the fast, efficient TRYBRID platform, where speed over long distance does not come with a heavy fuel bill, nor a sea movement inducing sea sickness. The lack of hot exhaust give the vessel a low infrared signature, which when combined to the boats ability to refuel on unrefined gas at sea, or to run on a choice of fuels, has clear implication for patrol boat deployment. The development of the engineering design and accreditation standards needed to promote gas as a marine fuel, is an important part of TRYBRID’s purpose.
More significant in the project’s commercial application, is the shift towards natural gas as a stepping stone into hydrogen as a transport fuel. TRYBRID obviates the need for a specialist hydrogen refueling stations, and by laying bare the comparative efficiencies of both gas fired diesel combustion, and the fuel cell, at last, a hydrogen project is being honest about the energy needed to make hydrogen. The uptake implications for transport, especially marine transport, are important.
This website details the boats design purpose and features. We look at the designers, builders, academics, government and industrialists who are engaged on the project, along with the aid teams with whom the boat will be working, after its world technology demonstration tour. This site is a blog that has tracked the progress of the project. Feel free to add a comment.
The significance of the goodwill partnership proposed between China and Australia, through TRYBRID, sends a profound and responsible message from two countries, who together, are producing and using large amounts of gas based energy. The message is clear. Innovation in partnership, can change the destiny and direction of the transport sector, currently on a global highway, where the current traffic flow leads to an environmental and economic cliff face. Read the rest of this entry »