First IMOCA hydrogen fuel cell race yacht


The OceansLab IMOCA will be the first to exclusively use hydrogen fuel cell technology, thanks to a ‘Hydrogen Power Module’. Created and developed by the team at Genevos, co-founder, Phil Sharp has a passion for renewable energy innovation.

“IMOCA race boats are the most innovative and extreme of ocean-going vessels. They are an ideal platform to showcase vital clean technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, and prove their durability in the harshest of ocean environments”, says Sharp.

OceansLab will be the first race boat to integrate a hydrogen-electric energy system. The IMOCA zero-emission energy system will power all onboard energy, in addition to propulsion outside of the races.

“Replacing fossil fuel power with renewable energy solutions is an important step forward not only for our sport but the entire maritime sector. Ultimately, I am sailing to win races, while also proving that by using the latest clean technologies, this can be done with zero emissions,” states Sharp.

As well as hydrogen fuel cell technology, OceansLab will also be demonstrating how other crucial clean innovations, such as recyclable composite materials and solar PV, can perform together to create an eco-efficient yacht.

To meet climate change targets, we need to start developing zero-emissions vessels across the entire maritime sector – today! This campaign will be an important benchmark in demonstrating that practical hydrogen solutions now exist that are ready to be embraced at scale”, he concludes.

OceansLab will be competing in the IMOCA Globe series grand slam events. These include transatlantic races; the Transat Jacques Vabre and Route Rhum. Also, major in round-the-world races; the Vendée Globe and The Ocean Race.

Sharp has achieved over 25 podiums in transatlantic and coastal racing, as well as winning two offshore championships and breaking three World Sailing Speed Records.

Written by OceansLab

Photos by OceansLab

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