Creating hydrogen commercially from seawater

America's Joi Scientific and boat retail giant MarineMax plan to co-develop hydrogen power solutions for boats Photo: Joi Scientific America's Joi Scientific and boat retail giant MarineMax plan to co-develop hydrogen power solutions for boats Photo: Joi Scientific

An American hydrogen technology company is entering into a license agreement for the first commercial application of technology which turns seawater into hydrogen.

America's Joi Scientific and boat retail giant MarineMax plan to co-develop hydrogen power solutions for boats that use clean, safe hydrogen on demand based on the Joi Scientific’s Hydrogen 2.0 production system.

“Joi Scientific’s innovative Hydrogen 2.0 technology derives power from a safe and reliable conversion process that is sustainable; involves no combustion of hydrocarbons; emits no carbon and when used with fuel cells, produces no noise,” said William McGill, Jr, Chairman and CEO of MarineMax.

“It is also highly versatile and can potentially scale from auxiliary power for boats at anchor to powering the main propulsion system of pleasure and commercial yachts and ships.”

License agreement

The license agreement grants MarineMax the exclusive rights to develop, manufacture and sell propulsion and auxiliary boat power systems jointly developed between the two companies.

Development work will initially focus on auxiliary power systems for yachts and for use in slow-speed cruising propulsion.

Plans for the future include a wide range of marine applications. Joi said it has already seen interest in a variety of other applications from offshore electrical and clean water generation to improving power for fish farms.

Going forward, there will be an evolution of uses for Hydrogen 2.0 technology with the ultimate goal of getting to full propulsion.

First use may be with small outboard engines and auxiliary power. The auxiliary power units can be used to generate heat, cooling, electricity, or water when at anchor or on-the-go without noise or emissions.

Joi’s hydrogen research was born out of a series of experiments studying hydrogen extraction using water as primary feedstock. The process is now ready to scale up for industrial applications.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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