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SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS - Charles Lindbergh changed history on the 20th May 1927, when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his single engine monoplane. Before this, Louis Bleriot crossed the English Channel on the 25th July 1909. Has the electric aircraft come of age sufficiently to cross the Atlantic on hydrogen?








There is no limit to the design of aircraft that are entered into the Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy series of events to demonstrate the possibility of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a hydrogen powered flying machine. 


It is Open Class.


You can field an existing aircraft, conversion the is adapted from a production craft, or a custom build.


More than likely, the cost of producing your entry will play a part, as will physics and logistics.


The challenge is to travel from mainland USA to mainland Europe, or Europe to USA if you are feeling lucky.


Hence, the trophy will be awarded for: 


Stage 1. A first transatlantic crossing by an aircraft powered by hydrogen, manned or unmanned.


and subsequently;


Stage 2. The fastest transatlantic crossing by an aircraft powered by hydrogen.


Stage 3. The most economical transatlantic crossing of the Atlantic in either category.


Stage 4. The first fare paying passenger carrying crossing of the Atlantic.



The one rule that competitors must work to, is using hydrogen by any means to power their entry. This can be compressed gas, liquid hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, or peroxide. So long as the fuel used is derived from hydrogen or a hydrogen compound. Preferably, green hydrogen, produced from a renewable energy source.


You can use the fuel to power an internal combustion engine in this category, jets, or electric motors via fuel cells.


The Cleaner Ocean Foundation are SGD Champions. You can become a green technology Advocate, helping to forge a better world on sustainable principles, by attempting this challenge. Actions speak louder that words.












FORD MODEL T - Electric cars were more popular as a mode of transport, until the electric starter motor made it easy to operate petrol and diesel engines, powered by fossil fuels. Then Ford came along with the Model T, making cars affordable. Well done to Henry. Today the challenge is to make automotive transport clean and economical so that everyone may use it, in a sustainable world, for a healthier future.






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