The Dutch shipbuilding company Damen has released a full electric boat that can be recharged while it is in motion exploiting the present offshore wind power turbines. The ship has a length of 70 metres and hosts 60 cabins, of which 40 reserved to the technical staff.
With 36 yards distributed all over the world, Damen has specifically searched for collaborations with companies specialized in the wind power sector, precisely to make the boat an example unique in the world that features two versions. One full electric, with LFP batteries for 15 MWh overall, and the version equipped with a diesel engine as backup for the requirements and a battery of just 10 MWh.
In general, the approach adopted by Damen is certainly innovative, because many electric vessels are under construction, but none has the possibility of being directly connected with wind power plants to be recharged at a very high power while it is in motion.