Zenna – Thailand

Partners

ZENNA AG, Murg
www.zenna.ch
Roland Schlegel

Project Type:

Pilot project

Technology:

Energy efficiency

Country:

Thailand

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

2018

End of Project:

2023

Contract:

2019.02

Documentation

Swiss Contribution

ZENNA is a photovoltaic systems consulting firm with over 10 years of experience. A solar boat will be built and tested in collaboration with experts from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Wolf Shipyard (boat builder) and the Walenstadt Water and Electricity Utility (WEW). Furthermore, ZENNA will be supported locally by AERO Solar and Cutting Edge.

Description

There are thousands of traditional long-tail boats on Thailand’s waterways which are powered by old, polluting truck or car engines. This project’s aim is to provide the proof of concept for the operation of a solar-powered longtail boat, based on a traditionally constructed boat hull. In addition to its technical suitability, the boat’s economic operation shall also be demonstrated and a locally adapted financing and operating model shall be developed.

Results

The e-boat was planned and built in cooperation with the various partners of the project. The aim was to build a robust and cost-optimised boat to ensure reliable and economically viable operation. After several successful functional tests and cruises, the e-boat was presented to relevant stakeholders and decision-makers with the support of the Swiss embassy. Representatives from Bangkok, where smog pollution is very high, showed great interest.