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The DeepC is a hydrogen-fueled Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), power-assisted by an electric motor that gets its electricity from a fuel cell. It debuted in 2004. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

The DeepC is the first AUV to use hydrogen as a fuel.


DeepC weighs 2.4 tons, can operate in depths of up to 4,000 metres (13,100 ft), for a duration of up to 60 hours independently of a ship, at a speed of 4 to 6 knots. It can cover up to 400 kilometres (249 mi) with a payload of up to 300 kilograms (660 lb).[1] It has two 60 cell PEMFC stacks.

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