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Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson christened the New Clermont at a dedication ceremony on Thursday, September 17, at the Green Island docks, a few days before the boat started its voyage up the Hudson River. Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, and other well-wishers attended the ceremony to see the boat and meet its crew.

The 22-foot boat, powered by hydrogen fuel cells, is the centerpiece of the student-led New Clermont Project. The group of engineering, science, and management students sailed the boat from New York City to Troy, recreating the famous voyage made 200 years ago by Robert Fulton. While Fulton used his boat, the Clermont, to prove the viability of steam power to the world, the New Clermont aimed to highlight the potential of hydrogen as a viable fuel for transportation.

The New Clermont set sail on Monday, September 21, from Manhattan and completed its journey by arriving in Troy on Friday, October 2. Flying the flags of both Rensselaer and the New York State “Explore NY 400” Quadricentennial celebration, the New Clermont showcased green technology while celebrating the rich history and technological heritage of Rensselaer, the Capital Region, and the Hudson River.

To read student recaps of the voyage, see news coverage of the trip, and for additional photos, visit: www.newclermont.org.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 10, October 9, 2009
©2009 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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