Artemis Technologies has recently launched its first-ever zero-emissions electrified boat. This huge project is a result of a whopping £12 million, which aims to dominate the maritime industry through its environmentally sustainable ingenuity. The most exciting feature of this electric boat is that it flies above water through the use of its hydrofoils, which are attached to the bottom end of the boat underwater. Just like the aerofoils on an airplane, these hydrofoils reduce drag and create lift as they gain thrust. This principle helps it with gaining the lift and ensures a smooth cruise throughout the journey.
This incredible watercraft can carry up to 12 passengers and can cruise at a speed of a maximum of 34 knots, having a range of 60 nautical miles. The maritime industry is continuously flourishing due to its technological advancements that directly support green environmental initiatives. The company is also going to create 1,000 more jobs in the coming ten years. However, it currently has 60 employees working.
According to the double Olympic champion, Mr. Percy, “Combining our experience from the worlds of high-performance sailing, motorsports, and advanced manufacturing, the electric propulsion system that we’ve designed and developed is an absolute game-changer for the industry in terms of range, cost savings, and minimal wake created.”
According to Artemis Technologies, this electric flying boat is the first one that is available on the market for commercial use. It is worth mentioning that its “eFoiler propulsion technology” can reserve energy up to 90% and can be recharged in only one hour.
“The ride comfort of a hydrofoil vessel through a large seaway has to be experienced to be believed, offering a completely smooth journey whatever the sea state.” This is only the beginning. “As our vessels transform the commercial workboat and city-to-city passenger ferry sectors over the coming years, Belfast and the UK will be at the forefront, creating thousands of jobs across the supply chain and heralding a green shipbuilding revolution,” says Mr. Percy.
The boat carries a weight of 10 tonnes and aims to reduce carbon emissions to an acceptable level by the end of 2050. Along with this, its practical applications include transporting ferry crew members onto large ships, utilizing it as a “workboat,” or it can also be used for recreational purposes, given its exciting features.
Chairwoman Sarah Kenny said: “As an island nation, maritime surrounds all of us, and its impact is felt in every community across the UK.” We saw that during the pandemic, through the provision of vital supplies, and we are seeing it now as we bounce back. With maritime driving the net-zero agenda and providing skilled jobs in all corners of the country. “