Topic : India’s first solar cruise vessel to be rolled out soon
Topic in Syllabus: Infrastructure
Kerala is gearing up for the launch of the country’s premier solar-powered cruise boat by December.
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The initiative comes from the State Water Transport Department (SWTD), whose solar ferry Aditya in the Vaikom-Thavanakadavu route has proved to be a success.
The ₹3-crore cruise boat that can carry 100 passengers is under construction at a boatyard in Aroor and comes from the stable of the builders of Aditya.
It will be rolled out in Alappuzha in December.
About Solar Cruise Vessel:
- The hybrid vessel will be powered by a motor that can source energy from solar panels, battery, and generator.
- Its battery will have 80 KWh (kilowatt hour) power backup, as compared to 50 KWh backup in Aditya
- The double-deck, double-engine catamaran-type vessel adheres to norms specified by the Indian Registry of Shipping (IRS).
- Fuel efficient: Aditya incurs a rock-bottom energy expense of ₹200 a day, as compared to the approximately ₹8,000 needed for diesel-powered ferries.
- Solar vessels do not create air and noise pollution
- Reduce operational cost
India’s first solar-powered cruise boat to be rolled out in which of the following states?
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. Tamil Nadu