ADITYA, the first sun powered Indian ferry is operational

ADITYA, Sun God in Sanskrit, is sailing since November 2016 in Cochin - Kerala.

After passing performance and solar energy production as well as regulatory tests, she is ready to serve on Backwaters, a large lagoon area south of Kochi. This ferry, built by indian company NavAlt, an association of Navgathi design office, EVE System and Alternatives Energies, can carry up to 75 passengers.

Designed to mainly use solar energy at a cruising speed of 10 km/h (6.2 mph), it is 20 meters (65 feet) long and 7 meters (23 feet) wide in order to offer an area of 140 square meters (1500 sft) of photovoltaic panels which provide 80% of the energy required for the twelve hours of daily service. Remaining energy comes from two lithium batteries, 25 kWh each.

For this project, Alternatives Eenrgy and EVE System maily focused on the heat and humidity resistance of the system as well as the optimization of photovoltaic generation. This project is also the oppotunity to test the EnergyBox new concept in a challenging environment.

If ADITYA goes on proving her capacities for the requested service, other units are expected as soon as next year.

For a detailed presentation, see :

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India's_First_Solar_Ferry

www.navaltboats.com

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