SEACLEAN: Solar Enabled Autonomous Cleanup, Litter Extraction, And Neutralization

By Walt White | May 26, 2023

An Advanced, Adaptive Concept for Oceanic Plastic Debris Collection Using Solar-Powered Autonomous Catamarans 1. Introduction The escalating issue of plastic pollution in our oceans is a significant global crisis, demanding innovative, sustainable, and efficient solutions. Given the vastness of our oceans and the monumental scale of the problem, automation becomes not just an advantage, but…

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Transitioning a 45-Foot Catamaran Sailboat into a Solar-Powered Electric Vessel

By Walt White | May 11, 2023

Introduction: The appeal of the open sea, combined with the sustainable promise of renewable energy, makes the prospect of solar-powered electric boats an exciting idea. This paper explores the feasibility and considerations of re-powering a 45-foot catamaran sailboat into an entirely solar-powered electric vessel. This project involves a relatively comprehensive transformation of a typical mid-sized…

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Harnessing the Power of the Sun to Drive a Sustainable Future in Marine Recreation

By Walt White | May 10, 2023

At Newport Electric Boats, we believe the journey towards a sustainable marine environment is like navigating the open seas: it requires vision, determination, and an understanding of the elements. As we sail into our third year of operation, we’re proud of our flagship product, the Newport-25, a 25 kW electric motor. Designed to match the…

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A Vision for Green & Accessible Power at Avalon Harbor — SOLARIS

By Walt White | May 1, 2023

Sustainable Offshore Landing and Recharging Infrastructure Solution Introduction: The S.O.L.A.R.I.S. (Sustainable Offshore Landing and Recharging Infrastructure Solution) project at Avalon Harbor represents a forward-thinking solution that caters not only to electric and hybrid boats but also to conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) boats, which currently dominate the boating landscape. By offering clean, green, and accessible…

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The Advantages of Choosing 48V DC Systems for Electric Yachts

By Walt White | Apr 17, 2023

Introduction: As the global focus turns to cleaner, greener energy sources, converting yachts from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric propulsion has become increasingly popular. Among the voltage options available, 48V DC systems offer numerous advantages, including safety, availability, and cost-effectiveness. In this article, we will explore the benefits of opting for a 48V DC…

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The Case for 48V DC Windlasses in an Increasingly Electric Yachting World

By Walt White | Apr 17, 2023

Introduction: As the boating industry experiences a gradual shift from traditional diesel and gas engines to electric propulsion, there is a growing need for manufacturers of yacht windlasses to provide options for 48V DC systems in addition to 12V DC systems. With the increase in popularity of electric propulsion, yachts are better served by adopting…

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Embracing Standards for Battery Pack Monitoring and Interoperability: The Case for CAN and NMEA 2000 Interfaces on Battery Packs

By Walt White | Apr 12, 2023

As electric propulsion systems gain traction in the marine industry, the need for efficient and reliable battery power sources has become paramount. LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate or LFP) batteries have emerged as a popular choice for marine applications, offering high energy density, long cycle life, and inherent safety features. However, with larger battery capacities, for…

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The Exciting Rise of Electric Sailboats: Transforming the Sailing Industry with AC Induction Motors and LiFePO4 Batteries

By Walt White | Mar 28, 2023

Electric sailboats are gaining increasing popularity in the sailing industry due to their eco-friendly design and innovative technology. In recent years, advancements in electric propulsion and energy storage have made these sailboats an attractive and practical alternative to traditional diesel-powered vessels. Experts predict significant growth within the industry as adoption continues to evolve, driven by…

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Newport-25 Standard Installaton

By Walt White | Feb 10, 2023

Attached below is a datasheet that gives an overview of the Newport-25 system, including some advantages of electric propulsion in sailboats, and advantages of LiFePO4 batteries. Newport motors are designed as a drop-in replacement that give sailboats a straightforward path to repower with Electric Propulsion. Our motors mount into the engine bed and couple to…

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