Zero Emission Ferry from France

A fully electrical ferry
The Ar Vag Tredan, a fully electrical ferry

The french ship yard STX France has introduced a novelty in the nautical industry. They built a fully electrical, zero emission ferry. Instead of using traditional batteries to power the electrical engines, they opted for super capacitors. The advantage of the super capacitor is that that they are cheaper to use and can be charged very fast. They can use this option because the ferry will operate on a fixed and short route.

Fast charging

Every time the ferry docks from its short trip the capacitors will be charged with wall power. Unlike traditional batteries, which need many hours to charge, the super capacitors can be charged fast enough not to cause a delay.

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Electrical boating in Amsterdam

Electrical boating in Amsterdam Not renewable, just electrical sailing in the canals in Amsterdam. Electrical boating is becoming more and more popular in the canals of Amsterdam. Read this Dutch Article in Godevaert.nl People like that it is “green”, the boats are really easy to handle because of the electrical propulsion and for the companies renting the boats, the low maintenance costs are very important … Continue reading Electrical boating in Amsterdam

Frysian E-Power Challenge 2011

Frysian E-Power Challenge

Last Sunday I spent the day in Sneek to watch 21 one electrically powered boats compete in the Frysian E-Power Challenge. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good and I didn’t envy the guys and girls sitting in their boats sailing around Friesland for more than 4 hours. I wanted to see this E-Power Challenge to see what the different possibilities of electrical sailing are at the moment. It was great to see the variety of boats that were participating.

Frysian eChallenge

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Book: Electric Propulsion for Boats

Electrical propulsion for boats
A nice book about electrical propulsion for boats. You can buy the book at Amazon.

Yet another book that is not dedicated to renewable energy for boats, but that can help you to install electrical propulsion on our boats. This is the first step to a boat only powered by renewable energy. The author, Charlie Mathys, has many years of experience with designing various boats and propulsion methods. He describes both his successes and the things that went wrong to make sure that you as the reader will not make the same mistakes as well.

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Frisian E-Performance Challenge

Stifting Elektrysk Farre Fryslan
Sunday 18th of September
As the title suggests, this is a challenge for electrical boats to see how long and how far electrically powered boats can go. They want to show the public what is possible with electrically powered boats. The race starts at 12pm and the boats are expected to be back in about 4 hours. The 10 fastest boats will receive a variety of prizes worth 15,000 euro.

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