newsbrain.jpgA project like Trybrid project is only as good as the people putting it together.

And similarly, a project is only ever as good as the, sum of its parts. So let’s have a look at the team to put this project together. Included are designers, but also, we have a project manager, academic and government teamsters, boat builders, engineers, hydrogen experts, growing corporate interest, and, as the boat is for eventual aid work use, we have an aid work team in our jigsaw.

As the project is still in its design development stage, the current  main action is in design, but the roles ahead in the corporate, government and boat building areas are starting to see definition.

The first question is….why Australia for the hull design?

Australia leads the world in fast ferry design, exporting about 60% of the worlds fast ferry designs, and about 40% of the world’s  both designed and build ferries. We don’t make Boeings or Airbuses, we don’t make exotic cars, but oddly, in the niche of fast, light boats, Australia leads the world.

Of the naval architects who fly the flag on fast ferry design, the relatively fresh Sydney detasmania-and-amc-apr-2006-021.jpgsign office, One2three Design leads in fuel efficient hull design. For a more info on our naval architects, click here.

The project manger, and project ‘entrepreneur’, is as important to the project in its inception stage, as it will be on dark night at sea. tasmania-and-amc-apr-2006-070.jpgThe project manager is also the author of the web site, and Rod Davis has had years of ocean sailing experience, tempered with a political and media background. It is Rod Davis who has seed funded the Trybrid project, through his own project management consultancy. More information of the project manager can be found here. Rod Davis’s political position is also defined in his electoral web site

The photovoltaic aspects of the project are seeing the input of a Sydney based technology company where negotiations are underway, with useful editorial input from Professor Martin Green at the UNSW.

We are looking to work with an experienced Asian based boat builder, to build the hull and deck shell, and the Trybrid will be built as a composite of epoxy glass over a light weight, strip planked timber. The technological fitout will occur in ports closest to the expertise.

We have been in discussion with Nusa Dua Marine, who bring interesting design ideas, and a philosophy of bio-mimickery to the project. team_html_m6da7833d.jpgThe Moore family and their years of boat building as Nusa Dua Marine can are detailed here.

Part of the project aims to create a technology demonstration platform for those companies contributing equipment to the project. The boat will be doing a world publicity tour, and corporate sponsors seeing alignment with climate change mitigation projects will be invited into the team. Read more about our corporate intentions here.

The support of government is essential to demonstrate working solutions to the peak oil and carbon constrained climate change mitigation , if for no other reason, to accelerate ideas that can start to reversal of the CO2 and energy price threats. With the longer term aid work deployment of the Trybrid, we hold an aspiration that the strong cross party support for the project we have seen so far will manifest into real dollar investment through 2009. Enviro ministers, Science and Research Ministers,  Deputy Premier’s CSIRO dsc06106.JPGheads and a spectrum of government agencies have expressed initial interest, as you can read about here.

We welcome the input from Perth, where Australia  undertook its first hydrogen bus project, and where a cluster of hydrogen expertise was cultivated.  Jamie Ally brings a wealth of insight and practical expertise to the project around hydrogen, and the complexities of  its engineering. We also welcome aboard Brad Evans of Blue Cell Energy, and with it, a sound commercial link to the processes of both using and manufacturing hydrogen.imagewinning02.jpgdsc06106-1.JPG

The project will have its own documentary, web and radio team onboard for the technology demonstration tour, and for part of the boats aid work deployment, currently being headed by Tim Levy of , CEO of SEES .

The project plans a very strong media output, and media link up team. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of alternative solutions in the new energy agenda, demonstrated through fast, marine transport demonstrator, and more information about the projects media linkage plans can be found here.

The academic and research input to the project gratefully acknowledges the initial input of the Australian Marine College, and there is growing interest in expanding the depth and involvement of the project with the AMC. Have a look at the academic linkages of the project here. With outstanding work being done around hydrogen at several universities, we are encouraged by the interest and advise from  UQ, CSIRO and the UNSW.

The eventual deployment of the Trybrid in fast response, post disaster aid work has found strong interest form the NGO aid work teams, and to read more about who we have approached, and what was said, click here for the Aid team