Electric Boats: Steyr HDS+, LTS Marine, Torqeedo, windmills & more

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

3 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Hey Ben – I went as well and really thought the show was interesting. I spent some time talking to the folks at Pure Watercraft about their outboard motor which was also very interesting. They seem to be targeting the rowing / crew coach / quiet motor at a steady pace business.
    I was however struck by the state of the battery industry. I think its still changing so fast to keep up with demand that its hard to say that batteries in 2 years will not have significantly better safety, heat control, and longevity.
    Alex

  2. Anonymous says:

    If you are interested in the future of electric boats, Solar Splash is the World Championship of intercollegiate Solar/Electric boating.
    http://solarsplash.com/

  3. jschlinkmann says:

    Thanks for covering the event Ben!
    Alex, I was also struck by the state of the battery industry but maybe in a different way. There were at least 15 companies providing high energy battery systems suitable for marine applications. As for safety, there were numerous presentations that addressed safety and even the US Coast Guard had a presentation on how they will work with vessel builders to certify safety. With non-self-oxidizing chemistries like Lithium Iron Phosphate and Lithium Graphite, and also individual cell temperature monitoring, I would say the technology is pretty mature now. As for longevity, that is well understood and perfectly suitable for marine applications too. I have over 25,000 miles on my Tesla and while I have lost some peak capacity, it still works like a brand new car…and best of all needs no maintenance–something currently alien to the majority of the marine propulsion world.
    A couple of interesting vessels presented at the conference: The first was presented by Leclanche and boasts a 4,300 kWh battery!:
    http://e-ferryproject.eu/
    This one was built and presented by Derecktor in NY:
    http://www.derecktor.com/new-construction/commercial/workboats/spirit-of-the-sound/

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