Event Highlights The Future Of Clean Water Transportation

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Water transportation can and needs to get cleaner. The largest ships sailing across the world’s oceans currently emit a great deal of toxic gases and particulates that often amount to the same as one million cars. The good news is that with new technology they can become energy independent electric vehicles emitting zero emissions.

For a chance to learn more about the cutting-edge of clean water navigation, the Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIV) conference at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands on September 27-28 offers a good opportunity.

TU Delft is a leader in solar racing boats and novel EIV technologies. Its all-solar craft for inland waterways ha​s​ hydrofoils and electronically driven wings optimizing on stability, maneuverability and efficiency and now they are addressing seagoing needs. Talks will cover themes such as “Highly Efficient Solar Powered Vessels on Seas” and “The Future of Photovoltaics for Energy Independent Vehicles”.

One of the key speakers is David Czap, owner of Naval DC and sister company Soel Yachts, who are leading the way in electric boats, selling traditional Polynesian sailboats powered with solar when the wind drops. Soel Cat solar boats can carry heavy cargo, two crew and 24 passengers.

“With an installed battery capacity of 2 x 60kWh, the SoelCat 12 sustains maximum speed of up to 15 kts for one hour in emergency. ‘Break-even point’ in sun is 6.5 kts without battery or 24 hours with battery. The solar array can even achieve 13MW yearly around the equator!”, says David.

Other companies that will be present include Kitenergy Italy, Kitepower Netherlands and Kitemill Norway. They will reveal how kites and tethered drones aboard ship will generate megawatts from the more consistent, stronger winds higher up.

Besides, Toyota, which is also targeting the marine market, will give attendants an insight on its progress towards energy independent vehicles. Elsewhere, International Windship Association will cover quasi-independent ships.

The organizers of the event promise ​attendants will find out more about​ the huge choice of technologies that can be combined to make ships energy independent and clean, ​from​ drag reduction by wave power altering the hull attitude to air lubricating hulls, to name but a few.

“There is more energy to harvest at sea. True, water craft have stronger resistance to overcome but on balance it means that energy independent electric boats are more common than their equivalents on land or in the air and they have lessons for both,” says Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx,​ the consultancy​ ​that is ​organizing the event.

Image credit: IDTechEx