Space and naval engineeringcompany Almatech SA, developer of a passenger shuttle vessel powered by hydrogen fuel cells based in Switzerland, signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese maritime platform e5 Lab, a firm funded by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Mitsubishi Corporation and others.
The companies agreed on a partnership to promote and commercialise the Zero Emission Speed Shuttle (ZESST) aimed at the Japanese market. ZESST is a hydrogen-fuelled, electric-powered, zero-emission passenger shuttle vessel developed by Almatech.
“Using a combination of new-generation hydrogen fuel-cells and high-density batteries together with torpedo-like electric motors and optimised propellers for the ship power train was only part of the solution”,states Almatech’s CTO Dr. Luc Blecha. Its hull is made of carbon and other lightweight materials. The versatile design makes it adaptable to demands of its future operators.