Slowly, electric & hybrid leave a footprint
AMSTERDAM _ By 2030, hybrid technology will not be a choice in the leisure marine industry, but a standard, says Marinus Doornekamp of SuperB, a Dutch maker of a new generation of lithium iron phosphate traction and starter batteries. SuperB was a participant at the June 23-25 Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam.
The event at the RAI complex underscored the extent to which boat and engine makers are concerned about stringent emissions rules on the horizon.
“I don’t think we’ll see big changes in the short term,” says Doornekamp. “New technologies take 20 to 40 years to mature.” Still, by 2013, he adds, hybrid will be a dominant factor in the leisure marine industry.
But the road is long and bumpy. “A car batter is good for 85Kwh, but a small marine battery is 150Kwh,” says Doornekamp. “While a cellphone is at the end of its life after 500 cycles, marine installations require 5,000 to 10,000 cycles.”
Still batteries are key to making the marine sector greener. Super B says its Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries for industrial and leisure marine purposes are more reliable and safer than the lithium ion versions. As the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo showed, Dutch companies like SuperB are in the forefront of developing clean propulsion technologies.