Here’s a summary of all the posts and articles on Plugboats last week about the rapidly changing world of electric boats and non-ICE marine propulsion.
MOTORS / RECYCLING
Bottles to boat! The Hubbub charity in the UK has scheduled this year’s tour to fish plastic out of Britain’s inland waterways in ‘Poly Mer’ an electric-powered punt boat made of recycled plastic and built by the man who built the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Rowbarge.
The TU Deflt (Technical University of Delft, Netherlands) is one of the oldest and most accomplished solar boat teams in Europe. Now they are preparing their new trimaran to cross the English Channel using only solar power and break the record set in 2014.
RESEARCH / HYDROGEN / SOLAR
Energy Observer, a research vessel that is circumnavigating the globe using nothing but hydrogen harvested from seawater (using solar panels to power the elecrrolysis) has landed in Antwerp. It’s the first leg of a Northern Europe journey that will take the vessel and its crew of scientists well into the Arctic Circle and back.
COMPETITION / AWARDS
The Yacht Club de Monaco and the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge (where TU Delft placed 2nd overall in 2017) has won the Environmental Award from UIM, the Union Internationale de Motonautique – the world’s powerboating authority.
There is some irony in the fact that the first all-electric oil tanker is a bunker tanker that distributes fuel in order to gas up ocean going vessels while they are in port, but you have to start somewhere!
COMMERCIAL / SOLAR
Anne of Green Gables is probably the most famous export from Canada’s Prince Edward Island province, but now there’s a new kind of green. This solar powered tourist boat is ready to be launched in May to give visitors quiet and clean jaunt around the harbour of provincial capital Charlottetown.