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Jessica
Sep 18, 2020  •  3 min

ePropulsion Cooperates With SFC Energy to Explore More Renewable Charging Options – EFOY Fuel Cell Provides Power for Spirit 1.0 Plus

ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, has announced cooperation with SFC Energy AG, a leading provider of hybrid power solutions to stationary and mobile power, at the INTERBOOT industry trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany. This partnership will maximize the distribution, marketing and product integration on the system level from the two sides.

ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus has won the electric outboard motor comparative test from Yacht (19/2020 issue), the largest sailing magazine in Europe. The specialist editorial team was particularly impressed by the long-range of the unit. At full speed, Spirit 1.0 Plus with a capacity of 1,276 watt-hours (Wh) has a running time of 1 hour and 15 minutes; at economical driving (approx. 300 Watt), the battery power is sufficient for a four-hour trip.

With EFOY direct methanol fuel cell, ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus can even reach more range and autonomy. If boaters are traveling at medium speed with 300 Watt and the EFOY fuel cell feeds approx. 75 watts (W) during a four-hour trip, an additional 300 Wh are available. In this way, the fuel cell range extender function will provide another hour of travel – an increase of 25 percent.

EFOY can also act as a reliable onboard power supply to recharge the battery – the perfect solution for all autonomous sailors and boaters to set sail in an environmentally friendly way. This is an extremely important function because moorings often do not have enough power supply to charge the battery.

This is where SFC Energy comes into play with more than 15 years of expertise in water sports and leisure boats. Long battery charging times are avoided and the motor is supplied easily and quickly with energy. At the same time, the EFOY fuel cell supplies the onboard electronics with power reliably, silently and environmentally friendly.

“At SFC Energy we always focus on future issues and provide sustainable answers. New mobility concepts are definitely one of them. Together with our partner ePropulsion, we provide boaters and sailors with a powerful, environmentally friendly and comfortable solution based on ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus and EFOY fuel cell. Both partners profitably combine their long-standing expertise in drive and fuel cell technology in this cooperation. Everyone benefits: partners and sailors – but most of all the environment,” says Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy AG.

“We are very glad about the cooperation with SFC Energy. The market for electric boat drives is exciting and is dynamically growing. Together we will resolutely grasp the opportunities with our innovative solution,” says Danny Tao, founder and CEO of ePropulsion.

For more information on SFC Energy’s off-grid power solutions for Clean Energy & Mobility, Defense & Security, Oil & Gas, and Industry, please visit sfc.com.

For more information on EFOY fuel cells, please visit https://www.my-efoy.com/en/efoy-fuell-cells/.

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