A British start-up named Steamology is aiming to bring steam back to maritime. Nevertheless, instead of burning coals, the steam will now be generated by burning pure oxygen and hydrogen.
Namely, Steamology has won a £400,000 ($496,000) fund from the UK government to test the technology initially for trains. The longer term view is to get it on board ships. The project features a zero-emission hydrogen steam turbine.
Steamology claims that the systems are not effected by the rocking motion of waves or salt water contamination. It added that the power system has a long service life.
The hydrogen and oxygen used in the systems are manufactured using renewable energy from PV solar, geothermal or wind turbines to make electrolysis split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas, and then compress the gas into storage tanks.