French startup SeaBubbles unveils hydrogen-electric "flying boat"
September 7 (Renewables Now) - French sustainable mobility start-up SeaBubbles has just held the world premiere of the first life-size version of its namesake hydrogen-powered electric flying boat that offers “a zero wave, zero noise, zero-emission navigation experience for passenger transport.”
The firm unveiled the watercraft at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022, which is taking place between September 6 and September 11 across Port Pierre Canto and the Vieux Port in Cannes.
The SeaBubble is an eight-metre long boat for up to 12 passengers that is powered by a hybrid system consisting of hydrogen fuel cells and an electric battery pack. According to the company, it offers two and a half hours of autonomy and enables covering 50 nautical miles (90 km) at 18 knots with only four minutes of recharging at a hydrogen station.
SeaBubbles said in a statement that the innovation of its futuristic boat goes hand-in-hand with the development of a hydrogen industry and local ecosystems. The start-up plans to unveil the first pilot line next year to initiate the real-life test phases.