PROJECTS

San Francisco Bay is living up to its reputation as an epicenter of technology innovation and we're excited to play our part in that story. Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine has partnered with world class shipyards, equipment manufacturers and forward thinking operators to bring Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology to life. We invite you to touch, feel and see these vessels in operation on the iconic San Francisco Bay.

CURRENT PROJECTS


THE WATER-GO-ROUND


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When launched in mid-2019 the Water-Go-Round will be the first fuel cell vessel in the US and the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world. The completion of this project represents a global paradigm shift for marine vessel power. Built by GGZEM and its partners, this vessel will serve as a demonstration to the commercial and regulatory community at large. Performance will be independently measured by Sandia National Laboratories.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

H2 tank array 264 kg, 250 bar compressed gas, up to 2 full days operation

2x 300 kW (400 hp) shaft motors (1 in each demi-hull)

100 kWh batteries in hulls provide boost power to achieve 22 knots

70' Overall Length, Aluminum hull, 84 passengers with high visibility window arrangement

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Funding for the CARB grant for the country’s first zero-emission ferry comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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PAST PROJECTS

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine may be a new company, but zero emission technology is nothing new to us.  Below are featured a few of our projects showcasing our team's longstanding expertise.

THE SF-BREEZE


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While at Sandia National Laboratories, GGZEM co-founder and CEO/CTO Dr. Joe Pratt led the landmark SF-BREEZE study which changed the way the world looks at zero emission hydrogen fuel cells for maritime use.  The study showed, for the first time, not only that it is possible for commercially-relevant maritime vessels to be powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells, but showed how to do it in great detail.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

150 passengers

Aluminum catamaran

109' Overall Length, 33' Beam

35 knots top speed

4.92 MW installed fuel cell power, 1,200 kg liquid hydrogen (LH2)

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THE ENHYDRA


GGZEM co-founders Tom Escher and Joe Burgard are bringing the largest hybrid vessel ever built in the US to the San Francisco Bay for the Red and White Fleet.  Named Enhydra in honor of the California sea lion, this passenger boat will be the first aluminium-hulled, lithium-Ion battery-electric hybrid vessel built from the keel up under US Coast Guard subchapter-K passenger vessel regulations. Red and White Fleet’s vice president of operations Joe Burgard, said: "We see the propulsion configuration on the Enhydra as phase one in our move toward the full electrification of our fleet. Stay tuned for phase two.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

600-passengers

aluminum monohull

128' Overall Length,  30' Beam

Diesel electric hybrid propulsion

Two 80 kWh lithium-ion battery packs

300 kW electric motor

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THE MATTHEW TURNER


GGZEM adviser Charlie Walther volunteers with design and construction of a traditional wooden tall ship, Matthew Turner, which will serve as an experiential learning platform for Bay Area youth.  This 132-foot, two-masted sailing vessel looks 150-years old but has state-of-the art hybrid technology that can charge its batteries with solar panels and while under sail through generators connected to its propellers. All electrical needs on the ship will come from the batteries, including the twin 265-hp electric motors. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

132′ Overall Length, 25′ Beam & 38 Berths for voyaging

 11 Sails (7,200 sq ft), Height of main mast: 100'

Displacement: 175 tons

Constructed with Douglas Fir, Oregon White Oak and Bronze Fastenings

Two 200 KW electric motors regenerating power under sail

Two 45 KWH banks of Lithium batteries & Two 265 KW bio-fuel generators

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Far from the realm of theory, our team lives and breathes this work. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue our passions while making an impact on an industry that has touched our lives in meaningful ways. Want to get involved? Reach out and join us on the journey to a cleaner, brighter future.