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India's first solar boat launched in Kochi

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  1. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

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    Kochi: The country’s first solar ferry boat ‘Aaditya’ was launched in the 2.5-km Vaikom-Tavanakkadavu sector on Thursday even as the state government sought Central financial assistance to roll out 10 more such passenger boats as part of its aim to replace the existing fleet of diesel boats with solar-powered ones.

    Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the 75-seater boat, built by Kochi-based NavAlt Pvt Ltd, at a function held in Vaikom boat jetty. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State with independent charge for New & Renewable Energy, was the chief guest.

    “I’ll consider the state’s request for 10 more solar ferries which is in line with our policy to encourage renewable sources of energy. Besides ensuring clean water bodies, the solar ferries will help in fuel efficiency and less cost of operation,” the union minister said.

    He said the Centre aims to produce 1 lakh MW electricity per annum from solar energy in 2022 from the current 9500 MW. “Our target is to produce 2.25 lakh MW of clean energy per annum using solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energy sources.”

    Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government has envisaged various projects like Water Metro and Vaikom-Ernakulam fast ferry service to develop state’s water transport. “We’ll do this without increasing fares. The coming days will see infrastructure development like building of more dockyards, stations and solar boats. The State Water Transport Department (SWTD) will replace its existing fleet of diesel boats (50) with solar-powered ones in a phased manner,” he said.

    The SWTD will daily operate 22 schedules of the solar ferry between 7 am and 7 pm. During peak hours, the boat, which has 78 roof-top solar panels, will conduct services at a 10-minute interval and 15 minutes at other times. The boat can run at a maximum speed of 7.5 knots and cruises without any noise and minimal vibration compared to the normal diesel ferries.

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nati...ndias-first-solar-boat-launched-in-kochi.html

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nati...as-first-solar-boat-aditya-runs-150-days.html



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    Abingdonboy Major IDF NewBie

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    It seems solar is the next big thing in India and is being placed everywhere from ferrys to trains to station roofs to car parks etc etc. I just hope to god that more and more solar cells start being produced in India, it is criminal to be sending valuble forex out of the country and to China of all places for imported solar cells. India needs to be able to meet its energy needs domestically wherever possible.
     
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    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    I don't doubt that it is possible to build electric powered boats same as they build electric cars, but highly doubt they could run off solar power.
     
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    Abingdonboy Major IDF NewBie

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    That's what I was thinking- energy requirements must be enourmous to propel such massive boats. But what could the case is that the solar panels are used to power some secondary functions (such as lights/entertainment) just like those fitted to Indian Railway coaches:

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    Might be compensated in speed of the boat.
    Solar cant deliver that much output like a diesel engine.
     
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    atleast its not a water car engine. here are the details of the photo voltaic array and the speed of the boat.
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    from their site:

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    We identified passenger ferries suitable for an application which would fit in with the strengths of an electric powertrain powered by solar energy. In late 2013, NavAlt team started designing the ferry, and with a catamaran-style hull, advanced materials and improved designing techniques, NavAlt team reduced the weight drastically. To further contain the weight and improve the efficiency and life, Lithium-based battery storage has been utilized. During execution of the project, many challenges were overcome, and India’s first solar ferry will be launched in August 2016.

    In the process, we have achieved commercially viable solar-powered mode of transport. Over the next two years, we believe that the cost of solar-powered electric ferries and boats will further go down, completely overhauling a subset of the global water transport industry. We don’t see a reason why someone living under the sun will buy a diesel-powered ferry in the future."
     
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    + Close to zero maintenance cost.
     
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    Then Maybe:

    Boston Gerard D'Aboville is an experienced navigator -- he's rowed alone across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He's accustomed to monitoring the wind and the current.

    But as the captain of the Turanor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat, he's had to factor in something else: the sun. And he marvels at its power.

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    Gerard D'Aboville captain of the Turanor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat.
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    "I can feel it some days," D'Aboville said on a recent overcast day, while the solar ship was docked in Boston Harbor. "It's a lot of energy."

    Even with the fog rolling in off the water, hiding the tops of Boston's tallest buildings, the ship's 30,000 photovoltaic cells were busy taking in the rays.

    "Today we are producing some electricity but we could produce four or five times more if it was sunny," D'Aboville told CBSNews.com, pointing to a monitor on his dashboard that indicated the kilowatts per hour generated by the boat's shiny black sundeck.

    That energy supplies the boat's eight-and-a-half tons of lithium ion batteries. Which answers a key question about any solar vessel: What happens at night?

    "We can go without sun for 72 hours. Depends on what speed, if we go fast we do not have the 72 hours."

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    Turanor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat
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    And there's the catch, or at least one of the catches, with this boat. In 2012, the 100-ton catamaran became the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe. It traveled 37,000 miles -- without a gallon of gasoline. It just took a while.

    "PlanetSolar is not a very fast boat," D'Aboville admitted. Its average speed is 5.5 knots -- the same as jogging a 9.5-minute mile.

    "We did 10 knots once, but if we do this we do not have power for a long time."

    Between its leisurely pace and multimillion-dollar price tag, the Turanor PlanetSolar isn't exactly practical, nor a prototype of boats of the future. D'Aboville entertains no fantasies of future seas filled with solar boats.

    "This boat is a wonderful ambassador for solar energy," D'Aboville said. And then, smiling: "I will not pretend that tomorrow's commercial boats will be driven with solar energy."

    While the boat may not change water travel, it is an effective -- and attention-grabbing -- demonstration of the sun's power.

    "The boat weighs 100 tons. So 100 tons have been circling the world only with solar energy, which is really a big achievement."
     
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    Intial costs are going to be a killer here for those operators unable to look past the bottom line and think that far in the future.

    + solar panels are rather expensive to maintain are they not?
     
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    Lot of people in USA are supplementing the electricity with solar power for their homes. Usually about 80 percent of the home electricity is solar.
     
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    Not really, Initial cost is not that high. For an average day 60-70% power will be from solar for remaining you will get a electric bill of Rs 400-500. Compared to Diesel it is Rs 8000+ per day ! You will be break even in two years while it have a life of 20 years.

    Solar panels are easy to maintain, It should be cleaned regularly. Not sure about its full life.
     
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    Once there is more widespread infrastructure to produce, support and fuel/charge solar tech in India the prices are going to drop through the floor as the demand would be so great but it is the infrastructure that is currently lacking in India.
     
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    What infra do you need to operate a solar ferry? We are going to make 5000km+ for inland waterways. It just started, infra is being setup.
     
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    I was talking more specifically about solar/renewable tech across the board in all applications.
     
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    constant supply of solar panels, broken solar panels repairing, electrical motor repairs. electrical system checking. also, pretty sure those things carry batteries for backup - battery checkup and replacement.
     

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