African Cats has begun production of its full-electric retractable propulsion and generation system Green Motion (earlier post) for sailing yachts. The first two yachts outfitted with the system—a 38 ft Mono hull racer and a 45-ft cruising catamaran—have been launched, says Gideon Goudsmit, one of the company’s principals.
|Green Motion system installed in the 45-ft catamaran. Click to enlarge.|
The Green Motion system is virtually fossil free and even cooking and hot water is made with the electricity produced by the motors/generators, solar panels and a wind generator.
The production of 3 different types of catamarans and a few mono hulled yachts is taking place and next year more than 10 yachts will be launched with this system in place, Goudsmit says.
African Cats uses four 4 different Motogens (motors/generators) in production ranging in size from 10 to 25 kW. The company has also developed a range of efficient diesel generators that range in power from 6 to 28 KW and produce both 24 volt and 180 volts DC. In 2010 we will start marketing these systems to other shipyards.
|Video of the Green Motion system in operation.|