Expert support from Marine-i is helping Perpetual Research Consultancy develop a wireless charging system for electric vessels.
Partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i aims to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow by harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.
“Wireless charging is already employed for electric vessels, whether they are crewed, remotely operated or fully autonomous,” said Mike Taylor, the director of Perpetual Research Consultancy. “We believe that this technology could be greatly improved by devising a way of using VHF frequencies for wireless charging. This would deliver order of magnitude increases in power transfer and lead to vastly reduced charging times.”