Pr. Francisco José Correa Ruiz

School of Maritime Engineering. University of Cantabria, Spain


Talk Title
Tourist catamaran boat with electro-solar propulsion and built with recyclable materials: Project ECOCAT
Talk Abstract

In this talk, we describe the ECOBOAT project which was born as a challenge of the METALTECNAVAL Spanish shipyard to face the construction of a generation of tourist boat for high technology, built with recyclable materials and non-polluting with the marine environment, rivers or lakes. Thanks to solar energy, this project is based on a naval platform, on a type of catamaran called ECOCAT (ecological catamaran project). The boat has the dimensions of 19 meters in length by eight meters of beam. This boat is designed to be used as a tourist boat and local cabotaje, the maximum capacity is 120 passengers. The propulsion is ensured by two electric motors with 50 kW and eight batteries with a power of 30.5 kW. The necessary electrical power will be developed through 120 solar panels arranged on the roof, which is equipped with extensible wings that all together generate 40 kW of clean energy. This configuration allows the ECOCAT to be navigated at a working speed of seven knots, for six hours of continuous service autonomy without recharges. The main characteristic of this project is that the propulsion of the boat is ecological, without auxiliary motors of traditional combustion, which cause pollution, noise, vibrations and thermal alterations in sensitive port areas. The structure and lining of this boat are made entirely of naval aluminium with a design based on safety and accessibility, in which the corridors and leisure areas of the passage are adapted to people with reduced mobility. At the stern area, an open zone has been set up to transport bicycles to promote bicycle touring and traveller mobility. The careening and her antifouling treatment are part of the environmental sustainability of this ecological and  ustainable project for seaports and riverports or lakes, Likewise the design and the electric balance that it incorporates make it autonomous, noise-free and environmentally friendly.. 

Renewable energies. Tourist boat. Electric motor. Environmental sustainability. Safety. Seaports. Riverports.
Short Biography

Francisco José Correa Ruiz was born in Cádiz, Spain in 1962. He studied at the University of Cádiz the Degree, Master and Doctorate in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport, he became an Officer of the Spanish Merchant Marine. Since 1992 he is Senior Professor at the Cantabria University, teaching “Shiphandling”, “Cargo handling and stowage”, “Management integrated system for cargo handling”, “Analysis of the world fleet” and “Mathematical model to apply in the optimization of Search And Rescue (SAR) resources”. His research experience is focused on “Marine traffic analysis Marine traffic mathematical models”, Optimization of the resources in marine rescue”, “Maritime risk analysis” and “Use of aluminum in naval architecture”.

Target Audience
Students, Post doctoral, Industry, Doctors and professors
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