Hydrogen Engine Center Signs Letter of Intent with Turkish Boat Builder
9 December 2006
Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) has received a Letter of Intent from an investment group representing Turkish boat builder Labranda and in cooperation with UNIDO-ICHET (United Nations Industrial Development Organization and International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies).
The Letter of Intent puts HEC in position to design, test, build and ship up to 200 alternative-fueled marine engines capable of running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or hydrogen for use in water taxis.
The water taxi platform is a 10.9-meter catamaran boat that will provide transportation for up to 10 people in seaside towns. The marine engines would be built based on the HEC’s new 7.5-liter V-8 and are intended to replace the 240hp diesel engines currently used to power water taxis in Turkey, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Greece.
Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes alternative-fuel internal combustion engines for the industrial, distributed and standby power generation markets. All HEC engines and Gensets are capable of running on a multitude of fuels, including but not limited to, hydrogen, gasoline, propane, natural gas and ethanol. Development of an ammonia-fueled engine is underway. (Earlier post.)
HEC is exploring other applications for its new 7.5-liter engine including power generation, hybrid electric vehicles, irrigation and other industrial applications.
When it comes to alternative fuel technologies, the marine engine market is wide open for significant new business development. At HEC, we are focused on developing the world-wide market for reliable, site-specific, renewable power generation and alternative-fuel internal combustion engines. The marine engine industry segment is a prime example of how our engine and fuel technologies can serve a diverse marketplace.—Joe Lewis III, Vice President of Engine Sales at HEC
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