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2021 November December Marina World

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DOCKSIDE UTILITIES Fast charging marine network launched UK-based Aqua superPower is developing a growing marine fast-charge network, supplying and installing future-proof high powered smart network chargers at no cost to the site owner/operator. The timing is opportune. According to the company, the global electric boat market is expected to be worth over US billion by 2027 and, assuming the market continues to grow in line with historical trends, there are likely to be in excess of one million electric boats by 2030. Regulation will accelerate this trend as more and more waterspace will only be accessible to electric boats. Access to charging infrastructure offered by forward-thinking companies like Aqua is thus essential in order to give boat builders and customers the confidence to transition away from liquid carbon fuels. Chargers on the Aqua network provide reliable and ultrafast 25kW- 150kW DC charging for both leisure and commercial boats. From jet-skis and superyacht tenders to passenger ferries and cargo vessels, Aqua will own, operate and maintain this network of smart chargers using its own cloud-based back-office system providing secure access to a range of user functionalities. Aqua superPower already supports marinas, boat builders and boat owners in the drive to bring electric power to the water and reduce the impact of boating on marine ecosystems. The company is rolling out its network with six fully marinised superchargers installed along the Côte d’Azur and the Italian Ligurian Riviera, another in Venice, and a further 20 installations planned this year. In September, it was Aqua superPower owns, operates and maintains a network of smart chargers for installation in marinas. the first fast-charge network company to be awarded a grant under the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the UK Department for Transport, and delivered with Innovate UK. Led by the University of Plymouth with Plymouth City Council, Princess Yachts and Aqua superPower as Technology Partner, Plymouth’s Marine e-Charging Living Lab (MeLL) will host the UK’s first charging network for electric maritime vessels. Most recently, the company was invited by port authorities to host the first electric boat show - St Tropez E-Marine 2021 - as an education industry showcase that was attended by key players, including leading electric boat builders, power train manufacturers, marina owners, port operators and municipal representatives. The event demonstrated that the technology and infrastructure for clean e-marine mobility exists, with the common message coming from all participants that ‘the future is now’. 46 – November/December 2021

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