World’s First Solar Fishing Vessel Bags Global Award

World’s First Solar Fishing Vessel Bags Global Award

The Kochi-based NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats' Srav, a solar offshore fishing boat, has won the prestigious Gustave Trouve Award and is now hailed as the first sea-going solar fishing boat in the world.

The coveted prizes were established in Gustave Trouve's honor, a celebrated polymath, electrical engineer, inventor, and scientist from France. Some of the biggest boat manufacturers from over 30 countries submitted the majority of the submissions for the Commercial Ferry category of the Electric Boat Awards.

Three of the four vessels from India that were in contention belonged to NavAlt. According to a press release, Srav has been named the "Best Electric Work Boat" worldwide.

NavAlt has already taken home the international honor twice. The Gustave award was previously won by NavAlt's 75-seater solar-powered ferry Aditya, which travels on the Vaikom-Thavanakadavu route.

According to Sandith Thandassery, founder and CEO of NavAlt, Srav is part of the company's line of solar-powered sea-going vessels, including small and large fishing boats of all sizes.

"Beginning from Aditya, a technology and design wonder, we went into building ROROs, luxury vessels, and military boats," Sandith said. The story of electric Srav started with NavAlt's vision of calmer, cleaner oceans.

The Shell Foundation, one of the major supporters of clean technology today, came with unwavering support, he said, as the company concentrated on deploying various green vessels throughout India. Shell discovered that solar-powered fishing boats might significantly impact the nation's fishing industry.

According to surveys, nearly 250,000 fishing boats use kerosene and gasoline. These vessels are essential to offshore fishing, both in terms of their physical makeup and the economics of each catch, for the millions of people who depend on the sea and its bounty.

Since society relies heavily on the catch, it receives less expensive fuel expenses, and the rising cost of fossil fuels is a major worry for them.

"Srav is a fascinating beast to ride on. It can host up to six fishermen. It has a 50-km range and is ideal for small fishers. The energy bill would be less than Rs 10,000, while fossil fuels would cost roughly Rs 3 lakh. Wear and tear, too, will be much less," Sandith said. "All the more, the Srav is super stable and super quiet," he added.

The Shell Foundation is helping NavAlt offer solar-powered boats to the fishing community to permanently free them from the weight of fuel costs and introduce them to the most modern method of fishing.

The fishing community will considerably benefit from the "cut down" in operational costs thanks to NavAlt's deployment of numerous Sravs throughout India's west coast.

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