Renewable energy firm GRS Hydrogen Solutions Inc. has signed an agreement to supply Hydrogen Power and clean drinking water for a sustainable development marina underway in the Bahamas.

In the coming years, more and more nations will be concerned about the effects of global warming.  Islands are already worried.  The current estimate by the IPCC is that between now and 2050, sea levels will rise an additional five to nine inches.  While less than one foot might not sound like much, it means a reduction of the current landmass that would include large parts of Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, and even New York City.  On this same list are several islands in the Caribbean, including the island of Rum Cay, a beautiful tropical oasis and part of the Bahamas.

The Rum Cay Marina, courtesy of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

GRS Hydrogen Solutions and Rum Cay

This Caribbean island does not want to point fingers at other nations when it is not green itself and is therefore about to transform its energy use to green hydrogen by using technology developed by GRS hydrogen Solutions Inc.  GRS Hydrogen Solutions is a renewable energy company that has created its GL-15 mobile power plant.  The GL-15 has the ability to convert seawater into clean-burning hydrogen.

The developer that has hired the services of GRS Hydrogen Solutions is Rum Cay Developments LTD, a sustainable development company with several sustainable projects on the island of Rum Cay.  These projects include a green energy marina and a boutique hotel which includes 22 luxurious private villas. 

The vision for the island is a new sustainable community model built entirely on green energy.  Neither the residents nor the developers have a desire to transform the island into one of invasive tourism, but rather, they wish to embrace the beauty it already holds, preserving it through complementary community and economic development programs.

The World’s First Green Marina

At the center of the green initiatives is the marina that will be the first hydrogen fuel marina in the world, completely green, the power for its boaters is green, the drinking water for the pleasure seekers is also produced by the green hydrogen technology, which is a byproduct from the energy conversion process.

Nearly all of the islands in the Caribbean rely on diesel generators for their power needs.  These same islands also require the importation of drinking water for the residents and guests.  Because of their remote locations, the delivery of diesel and water to each of the islands is done through diesel-powered ships.  Using these incredibly inefficient diesel ships means a huge cost to both the residents and the environment for their power and water necessities.

Rum Cay is a master-planned private island community, and they have chosen to create a new sustainable community development model for the next century.  Through the island’s “Green Independent Initiative for carbon reductions related to global warming,” the Rum Cay Developments LTD development firm chose to contract GRS Hydrogen Solutions Inc. for the green energy project, which will supply the island with three essential things,

  • hydrogen fuel
  • electricity
  • fresh drinking water

GRS Hydrogen Solutions Green Hydrogen

GRS Hydrogen Solutions has multiple levels of technology.  The first is designed to retrofit the island’s generators so that they can be powered by the produced hydrogen fuel.  Diesel generators are dirty, old, and expensive to both run and maintain. 

The first consideration for a changeover to an alternative fuel source is the economic one.  The supply chain of diesel ships in place to bring diesel to the remote island results in a very high cost for kilowatts per hour.  The GRS system will remove the need for both water and fuel deliveries saving the island this unnecessary cost.  The implementation and running costs for the green technology is relatively inexpensive, and the power generated will cost the island’s users about half of what they currently pay for power.

One of the best attributes of using hydrogen as a fuel is that the main byproduct that is created when burning hydrogen is water.  This is how GRS Hydrogen’s GL-15 is also able to supply the island with fresh drinking water.  The source of the hydrogen for the GL-15 is saltwater, and when the seawater is processed into hydrogen, the salt is removed. 

The next step will be changing the marina boats to be run on hydrogen fuel as well.  Once this is complete, the emissions of the island will lower to the zero trace level, fulfilling its goal.

The new renewable energy tech supplied by GRS Hydrogen Solutions is a major game-changer for stranded and remote island communities around the world that currently rely on dirty energy and the importation of drinking water to survive.  Many of these types of islands have relied on such shipments for generations, and without them, the communities would no longer be viable.

GRS Hydrogen Solutions sees the Rum Cay marina as an opportunity to show the Bohemian and other governments of the Caribbean that switching to hydrogen fuel is clean, green, and a great way forward, providing fresh, clean drinking water from the process as well as clean energy.

A Renewable Energy Future

Though fossil fuel companies are doing everything they can to stop the progress, the world is shifting to a renewable energy future.  The Paris Climate Accords is a landmark in the multination climate change process because, for the first time, it is a binding agreement that brings signing nations into a common cause to undertake the ambitious effort to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.  Though the Trump administration got the United States out of the agreement, the Bidon administration has agreed to fulfil its promise again.  

GRS Hydrogen Solutions is playing its part to move the world forward to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  They have built multiple systems to allow for legacy diesel burners to be converted to burn clean hydrogen; GRS has designed automotive, marine, aviation, and aerospace stations for safe and efficient distribution of hydrogen fuel.