Solar Sailor ferrying for energy efficiency

Solar Sailor and Schneider Electric have signed a contract to provide 190/25kW Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) systems for four hybrid solar electric ferries for the Hong Kong Marine Department.

Solar Sailor and Schneider Electric have signed a contract to provide 190/25kW Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) systems for four hybrid solar electric ferries for the Hong Kong Marine Department.

CEO of Solar Sailor, Robert Dane said the system is approved by both the NSW Waterways and the Hong Kong Marine Department, with the first vessel to be launched on 11.11.09.

“We have been using Schneider Electric’s CitectSCADA software for eight years and integrated a single supplier solution four years ago by expanding to Schneider Electric hardware for the control systems.

“I believe the Solar Sailor has applications for urban ferries, tourism vessels and private yachts in many other areas.

“Overall we are finding the global market is growing for green fuel efficient vessels, especially ones that can switch to zero emissions mode when required in urban harbours or when holding at the wharf,” Dane said.

Lionel Finidori, Managing Director of Schneider Electric- Pacific Zone, said he is very pleased to partner again with Solar Sailor.

“Innovative applications such as solar electric ferries are exactly what our mission is about, to help people make the most of their energy.

“This is the kind of solution and technology that can help us reduce both environmental impact and energy costs at the same time,” he said.

For more information visit www.schneider-electric.com.au .