JULES VERNE: WORLD HYDROGEN CHALLENGE

 

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Jules Verne, famous French authour of Around the World in Eighty Days

 

 

PREDICTION 150th ANNIVERSARY - In 1874, Jules Verne predicted that water would provide power to surpass coal. He also postulated that is was possible to travel around the world in 80 days.

 

 

 

 

It was Jules Verne who suggested that it might be possible to travel 'Around The World In 80 Days, with 20,000 pounds riding on the outcome of his protagonist; Philleas Fogg. He was right about that, many times over today, except that hydrogen ships have not yet broken the 80 day barrier. Indeed, as we write, there are no rules for H2 powered ships, only interim guidelines. That is now far ahead this proposal is.

 

In 1874, Jules Verne set out a prescient vision that has inspired governments and entrepreneurs in the 147 years since. In his book The Mysterious Island, Verne wrote of a world where: 

 

"water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable."

 

 

 

150TH ANNIVERSARY 2024: WORLD HYDROGEN CHALLENGE

 

 

LEG

NAUTICAL MILES

BUNKERING

WAYPOINT LEG

SUNSHINE DAYS

-

-

-

-

-

START

-

-

-

-

-

-

FILL UP

Gibraltar

00.00

1

729

-

Tenerife, Canary Islands*

1.90

2

3,154

-

Trinidad, Port of Spain*

8.21

3

      1st leg (5065)     1,182

1

Panama City

3.00

4

970

-

Galapagos*

2.45

5

2nd leg (4610)    3,640

2

Tahiti

9.48

6

1,423

-

Tonga, Nukualofa*

3.71

7

410

-

Fiji, Suva*

1.07

8

1,886

-

Port Moresby PNG*

4.91

9

340

-

Thursday Island, Cape York*

0.88

10

3rd leg (4783)      724

3

Darwin

1.89

11

1,572

-

Jakarta, Indonesia*

4.09

12

1,881

(4 alt)

Colombo, Sri Lanka*

4.90

13

4th leg (5562)    2,109

4

Aden, Yemen

5.49

14

698

-

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia*

1.82

15

670

-

Port Said, Egypt*

1.75

16

1,111

-

Palermo, Sicily*

2.89

17

170

-

Naples, Italy*

0.44

18

5th leg (3589)      940

FINISH

Gibraltar

3.01

-

-

-

-

-

-

(shorter route         23,000

-

RUNTIME DAYS @ 12.5kts

76.67

-

bypassing non-bunker *)    

(ADD 4  DAYS)

RUNTIME DAYS @ 13kts

73.71

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(ADD 4  DAYS)

14 KNOTS AVE INC

70.26

-

-

-

AT 15 KNOTS AVE

65.58

 -

-

-

AT 16 KNOTS AVE

61.48

 

 

IT IS POSSIBLE - The father of science fiction was right. But if we are to begin such an extraordinary journey on time, we need to move on the project immediately. We have begun the process with the above (draft) schedule. We have also undertaken preliminary calculations, that bear out the hypothesis. Please help us to make this happen if you are in a position to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Chart and Ballard liquid hydrogen and PEM fuel cells

 

 

FUEL TANKS - Liquefied hydrogen has a temperature of -253 C and is one of the coldest cryogenic gases there is, which places system components and materials under extreme stresses. Once liquefied, hydrogen is reduced to 1/800th of its volume compared to that of its gas phase, facilitating a more-efficient distribution. But it needs fuel tanks four times the size of those for petrol.

 



ZERO BUNKERING AT PORTS

 

At present, there are no facilities to fill ships with liquid hydrogen at docksides. This is a logistics, as much as a vessel design challenge. Needing the clout of the industry to back us in an adventure that Jules Verne would be proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Swann

 

 

ZEWT ALORS - The solar and wind powered 'Elizabeth Swann' will feature solar collectors energy harvesting apparatus. Her hull configuration is ideal to incorporate mass hydrogen storage tanks, offering ranges of up to 4,000nm on compressed gas, or an extended range on liquid hydrogen (optionally) as a drop in cartridge, or safety module.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A-Z INDEX OF H2 POWERED FUEL CELL SHIPS

BOREAL SJO

FCS ALTERWASSER

HYSEAS III

NORLED

SAN FRANCISCO BAY

SANDIA & DNV-GL

SCANDLINES

VIKING LINE

 

 

LIQUID HYDROGEN LINKS & REFERENCE

 

http://jules-verne.org/

http://jules-verne.org/

www.gofa.de

www.chartindustries.com

 

 

 

 

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