Electric charging firm Aqua superPower partners with Italian Assomarinas

Italian marina association Assomarinas and Aqua superPower are collaborating to install electric boat charging stations in the marinas associated with the network. The aim is to establish a charging network along the Italian coast.

“Assomarinas shares Aqua superPower’s long-term vision of a growing electric boating market and is delighted to cooperate in this important transition,” says Roberto Perocchio, the association’s president. “Marinas need to be prepared for the new needs of electric boaters, and they must provide a reliable network of fast charge stations to make the new electric propulsion technologies more viable and enjoyable, for the benefit of the entire global nautical industry.”

Aqua superPower will supply and install its high-power smart grid marine chargers at no cost to the site operator, creating an infrastructure for electric boats and charging corridors along the entire Italian coast.

Assomarinas has over 90 associated marinas and it’s hoped the partnership with Aqua superPower will support members in achieving their sustainability and decarbonisation goals.

“We look forward to working with Assomarinas as a marine fast-charging partner to help their members reduce the impact of boating on the marine environment,” says Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superPower.

“Access to charging infrastructure that offers a reliable plug and charge experience, offering features like charge point visibility, is essential for boat owners if they are to develop the confidence to transition away from liquid carbon fuels. In partnering with Assomarinas, we will be able to develop fully connected marine fast-charging infrastructure along the entire Italian coast to service the growing number of electric boats,” adds Bamberg.

Aqua’s business model is to build, own and operate the network of high-powered chargers and then manage these assets via the cloud. The company says it provides a fully funded turn-key solution. This includes everything from upgrading grid connections through to 24/7 customer care, the hardware, the Aqua cloud backend system, which drives payment systems, customer care, charging session management, maintenance, and unique connected services between Aqua’s cloud, charger, and vessel.

Aqua recently announced that it is leading a consortium which has secured UK government funding to explore the development of a demonstrator of bi-directional boat charging. The consortium will carry out a feasibility study to determine the financial, technical, and operational business case for the deployment of bi-directional charging infrastructure.

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