A fireproof case for lithium-ion batteries from iAqua, new 30-meter SW100X cruisers and inflatable boats from Italy - the latest yachting news from Interparus!
iAQUA Develops Flame Retardant Case for Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are famous not only for their durability and capacity, but also for their fire hazard. iAqua, which also makes batteries, decided to do its part to keep sailors safe. Right now, the company's engineers are working on a revolutionary fireproof housing for lithium-ion batteries.
The body will be made of aluminum and fiberglass alloy, and then covered with a special material that will prevent the further spread of heat and fire. The trick of the battery case is not only to prevent the ignition of nearby equipment, but also to prevent fire from the outside from affecting the battery.
If the battery inside the case ignites, the case will remain at room temperature, which will make it possible, if necessary, to transfer the case without danger to others.
The company now offers boxes in two different sizes for its iAQUA AquaDart Nano and AquaDart Pro batteries. In the near future, the range of refractory bodies should be expanded.
Southern Wind Introduces New SW100X Series
South African shipyard Southern Wind recently introduced a new series of 30.4-meter sailing yachts called SW100X. The episode was shown at a press conference in Cape Town.
According to the shipyard: “The design of the SW100X is based on our company's core concept: fast and enjoyable cruising in any sea.” The main thing that distinguishes these yachts from our earlier work is the rethinking of this concept with the cruiser market in mind. Now we are trying to “replicate” the comfort of home on a world-class cruiser.”
The new yacht will be built from composite materials. Nauta Design has a hand in creating the interior and exterior of the SW100X, while Farr Yacht Design will work on the marine architecture. The shipyard is going to complete the construction of the yacht in 18 months.
The SW100X will have a versatile aft area with swim platforms, sun loungers and a tender bay below deck. In total, the feed will have an area of more than 20 square meters.
Interestingly, the model will be available with both hybrid and conventional powertrains. There will also be a fixed or telescopic keel. It is planned to have 4 cabins.
New inflatable electric boats come from Italy
Italian startup Navia Yachts was recently able to secure €250,000 in funding to develop its new projects. The startup plans to produce electric inflatable boats.
The start-up aims to increase the availability of all-electric pleasure boats, in particular inflatable ones. The problem of accessibility concerns not only individuals, but also rental companies.
The first boat from Navia Yachts (together with a charging station) will be rented out in the marina of Cala Galera. In the future, the company plans to expand to the rest of Italy. CEO Guglielmo La Via says: “Today, there is no adequate infrastructure that allows customers to simply buy an electric boat and use it. We enter from two directions – we offer boats and the creation of the necessary infrastructure for their maintenance.”
“People are still reluctant to buy electric boats. This is due to several reasons, but one of the main ones is higher, compared to traditional boats, costs during the purchase and further maintenance. However, the market is curious, and our research shows that many buyers would like to be able to try out such a boat before buying.”
Startup Navia Yachts builds boats with CNC shipyard. The boats are equipped with Evoy electric motors with a capacity of 120 hp.
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