The Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) marina has installed two Aqua 200 high-power charging (HPC) marine systems to meet the demands of electric leisure and commercial boats.
YCM collaborated with Aqua superPower to install the systems in time to host the annual Monaco Energy Boat Challenge. According to the partners, the collaboration resulted in the creation of the biggest installation globally dedicated to public marine fast charging on a single pontoon with Aqua’s state-of-the-art AC and DC charging solutions.
The Aqua High Power Marine Charging System is a power unit and satellite solution. The Aqua 200 HPC satellite posts have slim, resilient aluminum profile frames, occupying minimal dockside space. The dual CCS2 (Combined Charging System) IP 69 standard connectors ensure safe charging in a marine environment. The smart cable management solution, with up to 10m-long cables, has been designed to make dockside electric boat charging effortless. Aqua 200 HPC satellites are equipped with a user-friendly, intuitive touchscreen and RFID reader. Charging sessions can be followed on a mobile device with data connectivity when the charging system is connected to the Aqua network.
The Aqua Power Unit is a rack-style, modular, scalable converter cabinet solution for delivering up to 600kW of total charging power to up to eight distributed Aqua satellite charging points. Its Dynamic Power Management feature optimizes ROI by enabling more charging sessions per day. Due to the rack-style structure of the converter cabinet, a double or triple Aqua Power Unit can be first furnished with four or six power modules to provide two to four charging points to meet the current performance level. As the demand for electric boat charging increases, with the need for more charging points, the addition of another power unit and additional charging satellites is a straightforward task.
Aqua superPower has entered into a partnership with scalable EV charging solutions developer Kempower. This partnership is intended to help high-usage site operators like Yacht Club de Monaco manage their evolving demand for electric boat charging, enhance revenue and support the marine industry’s transition to electric propulsion.
Bernard d’Alessandri, general secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, said, “Monaco has always fostered its tradition as a pioneer in motorboating, notably with the organization of the first international powerboat meetings at the turn of the 20th century. Today, the Yacht Club de Monaco continues this tradition of innovation through its collective Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting approach, by hosting international events such as the Monaco Smart Yacht Rendezvous (March 21-22, 2024) or the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina Rendezvous (September 22-23, 2024), and by organizing the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (July 1-6, 2024), with the aim to build a sustainable yachting sector.”
Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superPower, said, “We constantly seek proven best-in-class technology partners in the development of our marine fast-charging network and infrastructure. We elected to work with Kempower for their scalable system architecture and seamless user experience. Our partnership enables us to provide resilient and high-power marine fast charging that meets the commercial and leisure user demands at Yacht Club de Monaco. Our approach is centered on delivering futureproof Aqua-certified marine charging infrastructure dependent on usage and location that provides the confidence to transition to clean electric boating. This has been made possible through the fantastic commitment of Yacht Club de Monaco as a global pioneer in marine e-mobility and innovation.”
Tomi Ristimäki, CEO of Kempower, said, “We are committed to fostering a cleaner environment and working for emission-free transportation, not only on land but also at sea. Participating in the development of the world’s largest public marine fast-charging installation on a single pontoon is a significant milestone in advancing the electrification of boats. We’re happy to be part of this project, which aims to accelerate the electrification of boats across Europe. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with Aqua superPower in the future.”
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