The University of Western Australia’s Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) has come together with technology partner Electro.Aero, a Perth-based start-up company, and finding sponsor Galaxy Resources, an ASX-listed lithium producer, to develop the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft, named WaveFlyer.
When in stationary position, the WaveFlyer appears to be similar to a conventional jet-ski, but it rises above the water during operation using an actively established hydrofoil propulsion system. It is much quieter, more energy efficient and produces no emissions compared to petrol powered-alternatives.
“It is loaded with two kilowatt-hours of energy in lithium-ion batteries, so the watercraft can operate for more than 30 minutes while carrying two riders,” Professional Braunl said.
“The new Wavefyler feels more like flying above water rather than riding a conventional jet-ski. I can see tremendous commercial potential for this eco-friendly watercraft.”
“Its development has been made possible by funding from Galaxy Resources to support the research, and the expertise of Electro-Aero in building electric propulsion and flight control systems.”
Chief technology Officer and Co-founder of Electro.Aero Joshua Portlock said the technology was not only environmentally friendly, it would improve the safety, experience and efficiency of personal watercraft.
“We are very excited about the WaveDrive stabilised hydrofoil electric propulsion system we developed for the WaveFlyrer prototype, as it is a technology that could help revolutionise the watercraft industry,” Mr Portlock said.
Many electronics companies Altronics, Nvideo, and X-Sens have also supported the development of WaveFlyer by donations.
Source: REV Project