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The Trybrid Project’s objective is to demonstrate the new energy agenda in solar, hydrogen, diesel hybrid and lithium battery storage. It’s the time when the globe must invest in ideas that will allow us to do more, whilst using less. As much as the peak oil threat is already making fossil fuel increasingly expensive, so too does the ‘polluting’ residue of carbon dioxide threaten civilization as we know it. It’s not a time to simply live in apprehension of these threats, but rather, it’s time to make inroads into fuel efficiency to reduce our dependency on oil. unknown-1.jpg

With the political classes battling the world over th shift their peoples towards a carbon constrained future, the lack of understanding about what is the upside of the renewables future is something the man in the street is failing to understand. Its time that the rubber met the road, in demonstrating what the future holds, now. There is no longer time left to have the world community confused about the hydrogen economy coming our way. Solar technology, hydrogen use and manufacture, common rail diesel, diesel electric drives and super thin hulls are all off-the-shelf ideas, general-arrangement-rev-a.jpghowever, what is not off the shelf, is a project that combines these best of breed ideas in a single prototype.  A prototype that can be taken the world over, to a wharf near you. This is not a project in rocket science. It’s about using technology that we already have in hand, in ways that could revolutionize transport, and add insight to wide range of other transport agendas. If the offshoot of the objectives is a vessel form that can minimize sea sickness, as did the original Irens ILAN, then so be it, great. If a hull only 2m wide is narrow enough to embody axles suitable for slide on tractor wheels, so the vessel is easily winched up a beach, then another objective is met.

Where ever projects such as the Perth Hydrogen Bus project has been, a cluster of skills is developed, and skills for example form this project can now steer the Trybrids’ hydrogen installation with developed insight, the same insight we as a planet need to develop fast.

Trybrid is about getting the solar hydrogen agenda out of the labs, and into the community.   A telling story come from the promoters of the teachers gathered to learn about the Solar and Hydrogen Car and Boat Challenges, when a gathering of science teachers was asked, ‘who can change a spark plug?”…and the answer is almost a universal can-do, but the same question asked of the same science teachers, ‘have you ever seen or touched a fuel cell?’,  drew an almost universal , ‘nope’ answer.  This problem is what Trybrid is all about as a solution. Along with our partner in educational outreach programes in the form of Solar Boat and Hydrogen Cars  Challenge, Trybrid is about the demystification of what the future is beckoning us towards,  and the sooner the education and demonstration project like this reach and inspire the community, the process of making the huge energy changes ahead will inevitably get community traction.
If the cabin forms are lowered and tucked away such that solar arrays couple with caravan style, pop-top roofing, to reduce cabin bulk and windage at sea, then another unusual idea bears fruit.
If the long, thin, wave piecing hull can slice, rather than slam through seas at 20knots, then again, achievement towards a low energy future is chalked up. If the boat can circumnavigate on just a few tanks of fossil fuel , then motorized circumnavigation just became a lot cheaper.

If the accommodation spaces can fold out into the size of a suburban home, so the volume and bulk of the vessel at anchor becomes very generous and adaptable, we achieve another first in naval architecture.

burma-bali-thailand-with-noosh-oct-2006-142.jpgIf ‘A’ framed sailing rigs can be easily raised and lowered, we can explore easy ways to make simple use of wind for downwind passages, without dependency on the healing moment of tall, conventional sailing rigs.

If a vessel can be designed with a roof and cabin platform as low and wide as possible to carry a huge area of solar cells, then it will be able to operate free of any fuel whatsoever at lower speeds. With enough solar electricity to power 8 homes, the vessel with have an over-abundance of power for domestic appliances, but also solid desalinating capacity for emergency work, with large back up power supply in the onboard generators, as well as making ist own hydrogen fuel onboard.

If the vessel has more than one diesel electric power source, by way of multiple diesel generators, then as the power is applied, each diesel engine can operate ‘in the zone’ of peak fuel efficiency. With the props decoupled from the diesel motors, power can be configured to be applied and reduced as the boat rides and falls over swells to improve fuel consumption. With several hundred kilowatts of hybrid solar diesel power available at anchor [or on a beach], there is an instant resource for water making and emergency medical work. These objectives are unique when in combination onboard Trybrid.

All these objectives can be explored and fulfilled in the Trybrid Project.  There are other offshoots. For example, with 2.4 tonnes of lithium batteries on board, just leaving the boat alone in the sun for few days will satisfy most short run energy needs, without even using a single drop of fuel. But if for example, research funding was available to deploy the same weight in cutting edge lithium phosphate batteries, then the effective range of the boat under battery could skyrocket.

Should technologies in areas such as hydrogen  fuel cells mature over the next few years, then the Trybrid is ready and waiting with its electric drives, to easily adapt to any new incoming technology.