Alameda, CA / -- Boundary Layer Technologies, a California based marine technology startup launched their fully electric hydrofoiling ferry concept design on Oct 27th 2021.
ELECTRA - twice the speed and range of existing electric ferries - has a range of up to 100 nautical miles and cruise speed of 40 knots due to Boundary Layer Technology’s proprietary hydrofoil technology and podded propulsion system. Compared to fossil fuel alternatives, ELECTRA’s battery electric propulsion significantly reduces cabin noise by up to 20dB compared to conventional ferries. It’s foiling system also offers excellent seakeeping and ride comfort.
“Hydrofoil technology is the key to enabling electrification of passenger ferries” explains Ed Kearney, CEO of Boundary Layer Technologies.
“By reducing the drag of the vessel by a factor of two, the powering requirements are also halved, which increases the speed and range of what an electric ferry can do. This opens the door to electrification of the majority of ferry routes across the world.”
The ELECTRA ferry offers OPEX reductions of up to 35% compared to fossil fuel burning fast ferry alternatives, as well as helps operators de-risk the future cost uncertainties of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes being implemented globally.
ELECTRA was specifically designed with the Greek ferry market in mind, featuring 24 business class seats, 126 economy class seats, luggage storage areas and a bar.
“The ELECTRA ferry offers great appeal to many ferry operators in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions, who are currently evaluating their next generation highspeed craft fleet and want to comply to strict future emission regulations, reducing their environmental footprint asap” explains Pythagoras Nagos, former Chief Commercial officer of Hellenic Seaways, industry expert and a member of the ELECTRA advisory board
The project has also gained traction with investors who are increasingly looking to fund green projects. “This would be a fantastic win for sustainable maritime transport and the blue economy. ELECTRA is the ideal zero emission catamaran to replace the aging fleet of Greek coastline hydrofoils and short haul ferries” says Spyros Poulios, Managing Partner at Athens-based impact investment fund Brace. “There is a real opportunity to form a coalition between our forward-thinking government, corporates, and global innovators to make industry-decarbonising projects like this a reality.”
Boundary Layer Technologies has already developed the hydrofoil and control systems required for ELECTRA, and plans to have the first vessels in operation by Q1 2024 in regions such as the United States, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean.
About Boundary Layer Technologies:
Boundary Layer Technologies is a marine technology startup backed by the prestigious accelerator Y Combinator, as well as Chris Sacca's Lower Carbon Capital. Their mission is to decarbonize marine and air transport by utilising hydrofoils and zero emissions technologies. Boundarylayer.tech