A ten year worldwide contract, valued at $5 million, has been placed by Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore with OXIS Energy to build the world’s first ever luxury boat to be powered by Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery systems technology.
This project will be a collaboration between OXIS, YdL and also renowned French naval architect Jean Jacques Coste. The new 40 foot luxury boat will carry a 400kWh battery system comprising of Ultra Light, High-Power cells and a BMS. The design and manufacture of the cells modules, the BMS and its installation will be carried out by Williams Advanced Engineering, a subcontractor on the project. This joint expertise will secure enhanced safety levels and the necessary elimination of distance and safety anxiety.
Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO, OXIS Energy, said,
“The collaboration with YdL and the renowned French naval architect Jean Jacques Coste is an example of how entrepreneurial companies are able to utilise their expertise and move swiftly to deploy new state of the art technology, which brings with it a paradigm shift in maritime transportation. In August 2020, OXIS successfully powered the first ever US built electric aircraft with a flight time of just under two hours. The flight was approved by both NASA and the Federal Aviation Authority. Our intention is to achieve the same level of success in maritime applications. The collaboration allows us to achieve this, and provides a level of safety to our seafaring clients, far beyond existing Lithium Ion battery systems.”
Jean Jacques, Director of YdL, said,
”With the highly promising Li-S technology developed by OXIS Energy, we have the perfect match between high power, safety and eco friendliness. After years of looking at the evolution of the OXIS Li-S cells, YdL is pleased to be a key partner of their entry into the Marine World through our 40 foot luxury day boat. This is the starting point of numerous projects including service boats and our Mega Yachts. We are pleased to share this technological challenge with the talented team at OXIS headed by CEO Huw Hampson-Jones and with the reputed engineering company, Williams Advanced Engineering.”
The electrified Luxury Day Boat will be on display at the Monaco Boat show in September 2021.
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