N.L. firm’s battery-powered fishing boat wins $500K efficiency competition

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A marine engineering company based in Newfoundland and Labrador has won the grand prize of $500,000 in a federal government competition to design a more full-efficient inshore fishing boat in Atlantic Canada. TriNav Marine Design of St. John’s was one of three finalists to develop a hull that lowers operating costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  With a 40 to 45 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and therefore emissions, the winning design looks similar to current hulls but reduces friction, eliminates hull attachments and uses high-efficiency propellers. It also incorporates a hybrid propulsion system with high-efficiency diesel generators that provide power to battery banks that drive the boat.

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