150kW Electric Boat Compressor Showcase in Venice
A 150 kW electric boat compressor at the Salone Nautica (Venice Boat Show from May 29 to June 6) opens your eyes to the future of electric boating. Its powerful technical capabilities are housed in an elegant hull design by Milan studio BorromeodeSilva, using recycled CIRCAL aluminum from Norsk Hydro.
Aqua Superpower already has a network of five fast chargers along the French Riviera and northern Italy with plans for another twenty to be installed by the end of the summer. Each station is designed for marine environments, built to IP65 standards and provides both AC and DC outlets. The network’s first charger – launched under the brand name of sister company Aqua Vita – debuted at the Yacht Club de Monaco in 2019.
Chargers are accessible through a dedicated Aqua smartphone app which provides a network map, navigation aids and displays charger options. The chargers are also accessible with a secure RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) card. Aqua will own, operate and maintain the network using its own cloud-based back office system.
Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superPower, said: “For the marine industry to shift from heavily polluting fossil fuels to greener electricity, new infrastructure must be provided to support the transition.”
Electric boat boosters leading infrastructure construction
As Plugboats has already noted, the future of electric boats will require the same type of charging infrastructure that is now in place in many countries for electric cars. Aqua is leading the charge on the Mediterranean, while in Norway a combination of hardware manufacturers, municipalities and utility companies have been responsible for introducing a network of electronic boat chargers that includes a station of 150 kW in the port of Florø.
Florø’s flagship facility is geared more towards accelerating the electrification of the workboat fleets serving offshore aquaculture in the country. The manufacturer of electric outboard and inboard motors Evoy, headquartered in Florø, is well absorbed in the Nordic fishing industry thanks to its high power motors from 150 kW to 600 kW. Fast chargers make the electrification decision easier for buyers. Plug, a subsidiary of the renewable energy utility BKK which has experience in operation of onshore power plants for ships, will supervise the stations.
In the United States, the focus on chargers installed on Lake Tahoe is on the opposite end of the spectrum – recreation! Ingenity, a pioneer in towing electric boats, worked with Homewood Marina at Tahoe to install a suitable EV charger – an “EB charger”. Throughout the summer, customers can sign up for the Ingenity Experience and step out onto the lake behind the Super Air Nautique GS22E to see how all-electric boats are perfectly suited for watersports.
Back in Venice, eco-tech start-up e-concept launched a set of electric boat chargers for local boats on the canals, designed to match the look of the city’s traditional wooden mooring poles. Again, these serve a different market than the offshore boats that will use the Aqua Superpower units, but it shows that a lot of electric boat charging infrastructure is being built everywhere.
Aqua electric boat superchargers are a key exhibit in the electric section of this year’s Salone Nautica at the Venetian Arsenal, and electric boats and recreational boating are sure to gain even more attention when the first international e-Regatta will start on June 2.