BRIN develops electric boat for fishermen

BRIN develops electric boat for fishermen

Screenshot of the electric boat test trial conducted by BRIN along with partners. (ANTARA/Martha Herlinawati Simanjuntak/FR)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has developed an electric boat to replace the outboard motor boat that fishermen generally operated in order to help them reduce the operational costs.

Some 60 percent of the fishing costs is used to purchase fuel, Researcher from BRIN's Energy Conversion and Conservation Research Center Cuk Supriyadi Ali Nandar highlighted during a webinar, Monday.

Meanwhile, the battery-based electric motor boat is more efficient and eco-friendly as compared to the conventional oil boat that fishermen often used, he noted during the Talk To Scientist Webinar: Toward Futuristic Era with Electric Vehicle Research.

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The BRIN has tested the use of electric boat for transportation between islands in Batam, Riau Islands, and for tourism transportation in Karst Village, Maros, South Sulawesi, and the tourism destination Tani Betet in East Java.

This test run also serves to introduce tourists to the operation of the electric boat, he remarked.

Nandar highlighted the vast potential to develop electric boats in Indonesia.

This is because Indonesia is a country, with seas comprising 70 percent of its territory and 67 percent of its districts and cities located on the shoreline.

Moreover, 40 percent of Indonesia's goods transportation is undertaken through the sea, and 1.4 million of Indonesia's household heads are fishermen.

In addition, there are 395 thousand fishery boats in Indonesia and 231 thousand of them are outboard motor boats, he stated.

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BRIN's research aligns with the country's goal of expediting the production of battery-based electric vehicles for road transportation.

This is marked by the inking of Presidential Regulation Number 55 of 2019 on the acceleration of battery-based electric vehicles for road transportation.

In the EV roadmap, two million electric vehicles are targeted to become operational on Indonesian roads by 2025.

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