World's first electrically powered boat for fish farming

The world's first battery-powered work boat for fish farming, “ Elfrida", is used off the coast of Central Norway by Salmar Farming AS, a Norwegian salmon farmer. Siemens developed and supplied the complete electrical propulsion and control system. The double-hulled boat is around 14 meters long and eight meters wide. It requires around 50 minutes for its daily trip to the fish hatchery, which lies twelve kilometers off the coast. One hundred percent battery operation is possible throughout a normal working day of about eight hours.

Using electric ships is especially beneficial in Norway, because the country generates all its electricity from renewable sources. Consequently, the generation of electricity does not emit any greenhouse gases. The fishing fleet alone, which nowadays consumes some 400 million liters of diesel each year, could reduce its fuel consumption by 80 percent by converting to electric propulsion. This would contribute toward the 40 percent reduction of the greenhouse gas CO2, to which the Norwegian government has committed itself.

Siemens wanted to show case this revolutionary transportation technology at Nor-Shipping 2017. An expo and meeting place for people that matter to maritime. The challenge was the physical limitations of the expo stand. So instead they decided to present the electric boat in itŽs real surroundings, in action, showing real fish farmers working on it, in virtual reality. So instead of transporting the boat to the expo, the visitors were transported to the coast of Norway onboard Elfrida in VR.