The Hornblower Hybrid made its official debut in December 2008. The 64-foot hybrid,
carrying up to 149 passengers, is the largest of any hybrid ferryboat in the world,
making it a prototype that others in the ferry transportation industry can follow.
It uses two ten-foot-tall 1,500-Watt wind turbines and a 1.5 KW solar array to power
all house loads. The 400hp electric motors are powered by a 320 KW generator and
a 380V battery pack that supplements the clean Tier 2 marine diesel engines. Combining
these technologies we are able to greatly reduce our fuel consumption and overall
In late spring 2010, Hornblower Advanced Technologies, a division of Hornblower
Yachts, Inc, will introduce the world’s first hydrogen-powered hybrid passenger
ferry. Created in the spirit of exploration and innovation, the Hydrogen Hybrid
will be a 178-foot long, 600-passenger vessel that will ferry passengers to and
from the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.
The Hydrogen Hybrid will use hydrogen fuel cells for propulsion energy and solar,
wind and off-the-grid electricity to power a portion of the vessel’s house system,
which includes lights, audio and video systems and the navigational and communications
Hydrogen fuel cells use compressed hydrogen to create energy needed to power generators,
which in turn power the electric motors. Hydrogen fuel cells have been used on municipal
transit systems and are currently being tested in the automobile industry.