PROTIUM: Hydrogen canal boat

A hydrogen-powered canal boat has been constructed on campus, with British Waterways, Tempus, Less Common Metals and EMPA (Switzerland).

PROTIUM: Hydrogen canal boat










This boat is powered by a combination of a metal hydride solid-state hydrogen store, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, a lead acid battery stack and a NdFeB permanent magnet electric motor. 

Testing of new storage materials is planned in conjunction with EMPA and the NESSHY project. The boat, called the "Ross Barlow", encapsulates the hydrogen and magnets research interests at the University of Birmingham.

Project Leader: Professor Rex Harris