India’s first total green ferry Aditya’ launched

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

13 February 2017


Aditya - India’s First Solar Powered Ferry is launched in Kerala backwaters in Aroor. The vessel commissioning under the supervision of French team and optimisation trials as well as builders trial under full load was done.

Aditya is also the largest solar-powered boat in India with 75 seats capacity. This vessel was designed by Kerala based engineer Sandith Thandasherry, who is also the Managing Director of a private firm involved in solar energy field.

Though most of the parts onboard were indigenously manufactured, the ultimate integration of these parts with the boat and the software support were provided by M/s Alten, France. The ferry was built at Thavanakkadavu unit of Navgathi Marine Design and Constructions, based in Kochi, India.

The Ferry is 20 Meter long and 3.7 Meter height with a 7 Meter beam. Another significant feature is that the ferry is manufactured out of fiber glass instead of wood or steal.

78 Solar panels are fixed on the roof of the boat and it produces solar power and the electricity produced from the solar panel connected with two electric motors of 20kW, one in each hull.

The boat have also fixed with 700 kg of lithium-ion batteries in the two hulls which can store a total capacity of 50 kWh. The design of the hull shaped in such a way which keeps the boat reach speeds up to 7.5 knots/hr.