The PS Racing Energy Challenge


We have now been supporting the ocean racing yachtsman Phil Sharp and the team at PS Racing since the #LengthofBritain challenge in December 2015.  There is no doubt that our enthusiasm for their endeavours is partly down to our simple love of sailing and the sea – but there is much more to it than the excitement of competition.

We are fascinated by his Energy Challenge.  The Energy Challenge is based on the principle of marrying performance to sustainability. Is it possible to be competitive on the water whilst also supporting the environment?

Phil is engaged in the development of a hydrogen-electric, CO2-free, clean energy generation system. Modern racing yachts need electrical power to run their on-board navigation and control systems and this is traditionally supplied from a heavy and polluting diesel generator.  The aim is to create is a lighter solution with grater energy security and reliability.

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Clean technology in the marine boating sector is decades behind automotive. How is the Energy Challenge aiming to change all that?

The team intends to be zero emissions during 2017 while in race mode. The aim is for all on board electronics to be powered by clean energy.

And their ambition does not stop there. In 2018 they are planning to see the integration of their hydrogen-electric system, which will also replace the on board diesel engine for motoring.

“This is an inspirational concept and we are proud to support it.” – Douglas Taylor, CEO Bruichladdich

The concept is based on integrating existing renewable technologies with hydrogen power generation and energy storage. Since 2014 PS Racing have been working with industry specialists across the world and have put together a syndicate to push the development forward, including engaging in MSc studies at the Energy Futures Lab of Imperial College in London.

Their ambition is advancing and demonstrating the performance capabilities of clean technologies and thereby aiding our transition to zero-carbon emissions. It is an inspirational concept and we are proud to support it.

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