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During the 37th America’s Cup, defenders Team New Zealand will not only be hosting the event once again but making a bit of history with the first-ever hydrogen-powered foiling chase boat.(Article courtesy of

Working with countrymen at the engineering firm of AFCryo, a prototype is in development and concept images show a catamaran with four hydrogen tanks in each sponson (hull) with electric motors built into the foils and rudder.

“Emirates Team New Zealand continues to be at the forefront of innovation, and we intend to drive the development curve of new and clean technology in the marine industry. We hope that we can make a seismic shift into hydrogen power and an emission-free statement for the industry,” said team CEO Grant Dalton.

AFCryo has been working in “clean-tech” solutions for 17 years, and technical director Hugh Reynolds said his team is up to the challenge.

“We are a strong proponent of green hydrogen and are manufacturing hydrogen production systems in New Zealand. It is exciting to work with Emirates Team New Zealand on such an aggressive development curve and timeline to deliver on-water hydrogen storage and power,” he said.

Once the concept is proven, and with the support of the Challenger of Record INEOS Team UK, the Protocol for the next Cup may require that all teams must use hydrogen-powered support boats. This would also apply to the more than 20 events and race support boats, according to Sail-World.

“It is impressive to see how innovation remains the driving force behind America’s Cup after 170 years of racing. We support the Defender’s efforts to apply their performance innovation skills to sustainable and environmentally friendly technology,” Terry Hutchinson, executive director of the New York Yacht Club American Magic, which challenged in this year’s Cup.

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