If you think that a huge cruise ship, capable of carrying hundreds of people on the water, only needs powerful and polluting diesel engines to move, you may be wrong. Judging by the colossal electric boat we are about to talk to you about, in fact, there are now technologies capable of making these vehicles a little "cleaner" too.
The Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 will in fact be the largest zero-impact cruise ship ever built in the world. An ambitious project, on which it is worth pausing to get to know it more closely.
The Chinese company Wuxi Saisiyi Electric Technology builds this electric aquatic giant. The ship, which will be destined to transport passengers for daily cruises on the Yangtze River - from which it takes its name - is a concentration of technological solutions never seen before on an electric-powered boat.
Its battery, produced by Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), has a record capacity of 7.5 MW / h, which is equivalent to that of about 100 long-range electric cars. To better understand its potential, just think that until now the record for the maximum battery capacity seen on a passenger ship was held by Ellen, with 4.3 MW / h. No detailed information has been released on charging times, but we are in the order of several hours. The refueling process, in any case, is characterized by two modes, one high and one low voltage, in order to make the ship as adaptable as possible, depending on the situations in which it finds itself.
The Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 is scheduled to open in November 2021, and the project has received funding from Chinese government forces. It certainly represents a step forward in zero-impact mobility, and is a further sign that the trend towards electrification is not only reserved for road transport, but also for other vehicles that move every day and can contribute to worsening the environmental situation. .
Certainly, projects like this bode well for a future in which moving from one place to another will no longer mean putting at risk the environments, ecosystems and the air we breathe.