Nautica, at the Satec lighthouse on ecological and energy transition

In the last meeting at Satec, Elio Jannelli, professor of the Engineering Department of the Parthenope University and Carlo Iacovini, General Manager of Energica Inside, were discussed the challenges for the future of boating and mobility in view of the ecological and energy transition. “Easier to use and more widespread for marine propulsion is electricity,” explained Iacovini. “Just as electric motorcycles have been accepted in practice, everything can change also for the nautical sector. It is much more convenient to manage the change than to undergo it. Skills will evolve because the electric motor needs much less maintenance”, he stressed.

For Jannelli, one of the leading hydrogen propulsion experts, “today the decarbonization process requires us to make choices, we are lagging behind the rest of the world, but the Italian ability, both from the industrial point of view and from the point of view of the ability to bring the technological process closer to production, gives us the opportunity to make up for lost time. In my activity as a university lecturer I had the opportunity to create a high-tech district on energy systems and the environment and on new hydrogen technologies. This district unites companies, universities and research institutions. A consortium based in Campania but which also includes the Universities of Pisa and Genoa. A shipyard is also part of it, the Cantieri del Mediterraneo, which have a section dedicated to pleasure boating “.

“AND’ zero-emission mobility. No batteries are needed to recharge, with hydrogen it produces electricity by converting chemical energy from hydrogen with a refillable tank in five minutes “, he added.” There are experimental projects for integrating new energies into vessels, for example projects of research vessels with photovoltaic and hydrogen or electric motor and diesel engine, which combine the efforts of the European Union, industries and universities “. Today, he concludes,” we are working together with the Polytechnic University of Milan and other partners which provides for the hydrogen conversion of a catamaran for the canals of Rotterdam with a hybrid system with an electric generator “.