Copied from USA Today article... 'World's first' fuel-cell submarine surfaces BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest shipbuilder, Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft, on Monday unveiled what it described as the world's first submarine to be powered by fuel-cell technology. The submarine, the first of four in the company's new 212A class being built for the German navy, was launched from the company's shipyard in the northern city of Kiel for testing in the Baltic Sea. The hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vessel is expected to head for Norway in July for deep-water testing, before returning to Kiel next March for final fitting and delivery. The technology is designed to cut out noise and emissions. The shipbuilder HDW is a leading manufacturer of non-nuclear military submarines. The company, which also builds ferries, large yachts and specialist vessels, is increasingly concentrating on smaller, high-tech craft, and said last month that it would cut about 750 of its 3,400 domestic staff by May 2004 as part of that drive. One Equity Partners, an investment firm backed by Chicago-based Bank One, took control of the company last year.