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Bluegame and NatPower H complete the first hydrogen refueling for the ‘BGH’ Chase Boat

NatPower H, the world’s leading developer for the production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen and part of the NatPower Group, and Bluegame, an Italian excellence in boat building and member of the Sanlorenzo Group, have announced the completion of Italy’s first hydrogen refueling for marine use, and one of the first in the world.

This took place on board the BGH, the zero-emissions chase boat that will fly at 50 knots alongside two major teams during the 37th America’s Cup.

With this refueling operation, Bluegame and NatPower H have announced a partnership that sees two highly innovative companies allied in developing a long-term strategy to support the energy transition in the boating sector. Their goal is to promote the use of hydrogen in leisure boating and revolutionize a sector committed to environmental sustainability and technological progress. This combination of skills will pave the way for entirely emissions-free boating in the future.

The refueling of the BGH with green hydrogen – for which special thanks goes to the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea – was successfully performed in the Sanlorenzo shipyard of La Spezia at a pressure of approximately 180 bar. The operation, which was carried out by NatPower H, took 30 minutes, and officially kicks off the testing phase of the two boats, which will culminate with a final refueling at a pressure of 350 bar, scheduled for the month of July.

‘The story of Bluegame is a story of courage. The courage to continue to dare – Memento audere semper (‘always remember to dare’), as Gabriele d’Annunzio would say,’ commented Carla Demaria, CEO of Bluegame. From its origins with the creation of the first unconventional BG boat, which defied categorization and created its own segment in the sector, to the recent technological challenge of designing and building to comply with the very demanding America’s Cup protocol – BGH, the hydrogen-powered chase boat that will fly on foils at 50 knots with zero emissions (apart from a few drops of water) alongside the American Magic and the French Orient Express Racing Team challengers in the 37th edition of the America’s Cup. BGH represents the pinnacle of sustainability possible today, and its project is part of the ‘Road to 2030’ global sustainability strategy of the Sanlorenzo Group, a pioneer in the path towards carbon neutrality. The exclusive use of hydrogen as a propulsion system is a complete novelty not only for Bluegame and the Sanlorenzo Group but for the entire leisure boating sector: it is thus not an endpoint but a starting point.

‘The completion of the chase boat’s refuelling is an operation that revolutionizes the Italian and international boating market, paving the way for new generations of zero CO2 emission boats’, said Andrea Minerdo, CEO of NatPower H. ‘NatPower H has set out on this new route by creating the world’s first comprehensive infrastructure for hydrogen refueling in leisure boating. This project also marks a new direction in the way we sail. By using hydrogen as a green fuel, we can redesign the boating industry to be more mindful of the beauty of the environment and responsible for the fragility of our marine ecosystem. The commitment and partnership between NatPower H and Bluegame represent the first significant step towards the green transition in the yacht and superyacht industry’.

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