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First Russian woman wins MAP race with hydrogen-powered generator and solar panels

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Estonian cleantech startup, PowerUP Energy Technologies has announced a partnership with Russian sailor Irina Gravecha who will use the UP400 hydrogen fuel cell generator and solar panels to meet her boat’s power needs during races.
First Russian woman wins MAP race with hydrogen-powered generator and solar panels
Courtesy of PowerUP.

While Irina started sailing earlier this month, she has already won the MAP race using a UP400 hydrogen fuel cell in addition to solar panels. The installation of the new hydrogen fuel cell generator took place in Lorient just over a week ago, and the tests took place during the MAP race.

“Through our collaboration with PowerUP, Canopus became the first Mini to use hydrogen to charge batteries” said Irina. “This enables us to be at the forefront of innovative technologies and take care of nature by abandoning fossil fuels at this stage. I am proud to say that Canopus now consumes exclusively renewable fuel”.

Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, Founder and CEO at PowerUP Energy Technologies, added that Irina was approached last year, although the pandemic prevented things from developing further. However, PowerUP used the time to develop a customised solution for Irina that would be powerful yet safe. Irina, meanwhile, was clear about what she wanted – a reliable backup resource for the solar panels.

PowerUP produces hydrogen fuel cell-based electric generators and proton exchange membrane fuel cells that are not limited to maritime use but have diverse use cases in industries such as marine, telecommunication, military, construction, hospitals, off-grid homes, rescue forces and numerous other applications. The UP product range is zero-emission, compact and lightweight, operates silently, and requires minimal maintenance.

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