Kerala to induct more solar ferry boats

Kerala will induct more solar-powered transport ferry boats after completing a successful two-year-long trial run.


NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats (NavAlt), a Kochi-based company has got orders for more solar boats from the Kerala government, a statement from the company said.

The 75- passenger seated solar powered transport ferry now in Vaikom plying in backwaters of Kerala has helped the state government save Rs 40 lakh on diesel costs in this period, NavAlt said.

NavAlt said it has received orders for supplying two solar ferries of 75-passenger capacity each and one that can carry 100 passengers. It has also won a similar order from the Goa government.
“In states like Kerala, Goa, Telangana, Assam and West Bengal, the water transport framework is huge and it can be broadly utilised. The company is considering to introduce more solar boats in other states,” the statement said.
The company said that it planned to build fishing boats, carbon fibre applications, hydrogen fuel cell boats and solar and wind maritime yatches.

NavAlt is a combined venture floated by Indian firm Navgathi Marine Design and Construction along with two French companies Alternatives Energies and EVE Systems.

Kerala will induct more solar-powered transport ferry boats after completing a successful two-year-long trial run.

The Kochi-based NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats (NavAlt) has received orders for more solar boats from the Kerala government, the company said on Monday.

The 75-passenger ongoing solar-powered transport ferry in Vaikom plying in Kerala’s backwaters has helped the state government save Rs 40 lakh on diesel costs, or the equivalent of 58,000 litres in this period, NavAlt said in a statement.

NavAlt said it has received orders for supplying two solar ferries of 75-passenger capacity each and one that can carry 100 passengers.

It has also won a similar order from the Goa government.

“In states like Goa, Kerala, Telangana, West Bengal and Assam, the water transport framework is huge and it can be broadly utilised. The company is under process to introduce more solar boats in other states,” the statement said.

NavAlt has plans to build fishing boats, hydrogen fuel cell boats, carbon fibre applications and solar and wind maritime yatches, the sources said.

NavAlt is a joint venture floated by Indian firm Navgathi Marine Design and Construction along with two French companies Alternatives Energies and EVE Systems.

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