The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin has developed a solar powered boat which can be operated in reservoirs, small rivers, and aquaculture ponds. This boat also can be used for recreational fishing activities.
The boat is capable of running for 2.5 to 3.0 hours after complete charging and attains a speed of nearly 4.0 knots in calm water. Considering the 240 days of fishing in a year the fuel saved compared to an equivalent diesel powered boat is Rs. 48,000.
According to studies, one percent of the total fuel consumed in India, is utilized in fishing industry. The exhaust gas produced from the burning of fuel pollutes the atmosphere and leads to global warming. This boat runs without any fuel cost and pollution. It has clean FRP surface with wider space and low rolling during fishing and a canopy for protection from rain and sun. The boat has navigational lights which facilitate fishing in early morning and also in the night. The traditional small fishing boats are not fitted with navigational lights.
(Source: CIFT, Cochin)