Kerala to Introduce solar boats


  • Kerala Water Transport Department to turn half of the state’s conventional boats into solar-powered vehicles
  • The initiative will help eliminate fossil-fuel led pollution

The Kerala government is planning to solarize approximately 50% of all conventional boats. As part of this project, 15 electric solar-powered boats, which will sail on the Alappuzha Backwaters, will be deployed in the first week of July.

As per authorities, a conventional boat incurs daily expenses of approx. ₹10,000 due to fossil fuel usage. However, a solar-powered boat will run on a sum of ₹350 every day, leading to huge profits.

The total cost of the project is expected to be ₹2.5 crore. Moreover, the solar boats will have multiple capacities and would be made out of fibre.

Kerala had also launched India’s first solar-powered boat, Aditya, which helped save 58,450 liters of fuel during two years of service and generate ₹41 lakhs in profit. Now, the state already has solar-powered electric boats running along the Vaikom to Thavanakkadavu route.

Apart from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh also intends to introduce solar ferries in Ayodhya to enhance tourism and facilitate local journeys for pilgrims.

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Resource: Saur Energy

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