Sun-e-Boat

Fishing is the main source of income for many families in sub-Saharan Africa along the west and east African coasts and the large lakes in the central parts of the continent, e.g. Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Malawi Lake. The fishing boats are mainly operated with petrol outboard engines. Soaring petrol costs are making the business more and more unprofitable. Procurement of petrol alone costs 400-500 EUR/month. Around the largest freshwater lake in the world – Lake Victoria – there are an estimated 100,000 fishing boats. These produce up to 1,000,000 t of CO2 per year, thus contributing to global warming and polluting the water, the livelihood of the fishermen.

Mobility as a Service: The VoltaViewAfrica Powerhouse concept togetherwith mobile, lightweight and portable battery power packs (VoltaMove2Go) provides a remedy: Sun-e-boat – electro mobility on the water, adapted to the needs and economic conditions of fishermen in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Electric outboard engines with an output of 6 kW (10 hp) and VoltaMove2Go battery packs (48 V and 4.8 kWh storage capacity) drive the boats. The range with one battery charge is up to 40 km – completely emission-free and with the sun as the only energy source. First pilot projects are in progress in The Gambia and at Lake Victoria in Tanzania.

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