Solar boat for fishing. Kochi-based Navalt startup company’s 5 solar boat will be launched in two months. Fully eco-friendly solar boat will be provided to the fishermen on a trial basis. Navalt CEO Sandith Thandassery said the goal is to build more on an industrial scale based on their response. Produced in collaboration with the Shell Foundation in the UK.
The makers of the ‘Aditya’ boat from Vaikom, the country’s first solar ferry to Vaikom in Alappuzha, are behind the new venture.
The OBM model boat will be nine to 10 meters long and will be built in the first phase. Currently, the solar system is being installed in three monohall boats and two rafts. Both vessels can carry a weight of 200 kg. The monohol boat is 11 meters long and 1.75 meters wide with a speed of six to eight knots. The tree is 10 m long and 3.6 m wide.
The price of a boat is ten lakh rupees. However, the manufacturers said that they could pay Rs 5 lakh if the demand was high. The bottle, which includes a solar panel, lithium battery and motor, is equipped with battery charging and plug-in charging. It is quieter than normal boats and can attract fish. It is estimated that fishermen spend up to Rs 1.60 lakh a year on fuel. With the switch to solar energy, the cost will be reduced to Rs 20,000.
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