Spoiler alert: This is not your typical yacht review.
But it is pretty cool.
A new kind of electric boat was unveiled at the Nautic Paris International Boat Show. The 20-foot Waste Cleaner 66 has been called the world’s most powerful all-electric boat for cleaning pollution in harbors and inland waterways. It is powered by a Torqeedo 25-kW Deep Blue motor with a 40-kWh Deep Blue battery, which provides up to eight hours of operation at a “cleaning speed” of 2 knots.
A statement noted that the Waste Cleaner can retrieve up to 1,100 pounds of solid waste and 263 gallons of liquid waste, including hydrocarbons such as oil or fuel. The patented cleanup system automatically separates water and hydrocarbons to eliminate emulsification.
The platform can suction waste when it is stopped or when moving, either forward or in reverse. It can be trailered and has a single point of lifting for easy launching and retrieval.
“Our teams have worked closely with Torqeedo’s engineers to create a highly efficient climate-neutral platform that meets the needs of harbors and marinas to maintain clean water while reducing their environmental impact,” said Benjamin Lerondeau, CEO of EFINOR Sea Cleaner, in the statement.
“The Waste Cleaner 66 boat is an ideal platform for electrification,” added Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo. “The Deep Blue electric motor provides the low-speed torque and maneuverability needed to capture debris from the water while emitting no noise or exhaust fumes. We are getting substantial interest in electric power from other trash-removing vessel operators around the world.”