Substantial Savings Are Expected on Both Fuel and Maintenance
As Diesel’s Costs and Diesel’s Risk of Spills Are 100% Eliminated
Authorities in New York State are celebrating the successful re-deployment of an 86-year-old Erie Canal work boat with a 100% battery electric driveline by Athens, N.Y.-based Elco Motor Yachts. The vessel is operated by New York State Canal Corp (Utica section). updated June 20
The project was backed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state Department of Transportation. Canal Corp also collaborated with Yorkville-based New West Technologies, NYSERDA’s prime contractor.
The 40-foot vessel, built in Syracuse in 1928 as a tug boat, is used today as a dredge tender, removing buoys and performing other general work on the historic canal.
‘Cleaner, Greener and More Modern’
“By partnering with the private sector, New York State is transforming an 86-year old tug boat into a cleaner, greener and more modern zero-emission vehicle,” New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a release.
“Projects like this demonstrate our commitment to protecting the environment and show how this continued dedication is laying the groundwork for a clean energy economy of tomorrow.”
“For the duty cycle of this vessel, we’re going to save Canal Corp a lot of money,” said Elco project manager Neil Satterly. “In terms of maintenance,” he told F&F, “this is going to be a huge win.
Twin 100-Horsepower Motors
Elco fitted the vessel with twin 100-horsepower EP-10000 AC induction motors of its own design. They power a single propeller shaft.
Elco’s modular design “allows it to be easily configured for other dredge tender boats with more or less electric motor power and more or less battery capacity, as needed.”
AGM Lead Acid Batteries
The battery boat has 36 AGM lead acid batteries. The lead acid batteries are safe, familiar, and heavy – good for a vessel requiring ballast, Satterly says.
According to New West, an initial phase one study validated the energy, economic, and environmental benefits of electric propulsion for Canal Corp’s work boats. “As we continue in the Phase 2 field demonstration, we look forward to continuing to work with Canal Corporation, Elco Motor Yachts, and our partners at the State to evaluate the tender’s operational and maintenance data to support the goal of transitioning the long-term sustainability of New York’s fleet,” said senior project manager Russ Owens.
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Source: Elco Motor Yachts/Gov. Cuomo with Fleets & Fuels follow-up