Cummins, Inc. fuel cells powering North America’s first commercial zero emissions ferry

A ferry that only emits water transporting people across waterways? This will now be possible thanks to Cummins, Inc. hydrogen fuel cells that are being integrated into North America’s first commercial hydrogen fuel cell powered, zero emissions ferry. Quiet and emissions free, the vessel, named “Sea Change,” marks another crucial milestone in the commercialization of zero emissions marine vessel power. The 70-foot, 75 passenger high-speed zero emissions ferry will be the flagship for a planned future fuel-cell powered fleet, transporting commuters around the bay of San Francisco, California. With the zero emissions ferry only producing water and electricity as a by-product, it’s 100% emissions free. Fuel cells are an attractive solution for decarbonization of marine vessels for several reasons. They are zero emissions, silent and scalable. Plus, they are flexible because the power from the fuel cells is transported through wires, the fuel cells can be placed almost anywhere on the vessel. In the case of the Sea Change, the fuel cells are placed in a room at the back of the main cabin, while the hydrogen storage tanks are up at the top deck. Read more about the ferry here and learn more about how Cummins, Inc. is decarbonizing the maritime industry here.