First Aqua superPower charger installed in Spain

The first Aqua superPower marine fast charger has been installed at MDL’s Sant Carles Marina in Spain.

“Given the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, marinas, ports, and harbours are looking to incorporate sustainable technologies and practices into their operations to reduce pollution and mitigate their environmental impact,” says Nicolás González, general manager Sant Carles Marina. “We have always aimed to lead the way and our decision to be the first in Spain to join the Aqua superPower network is to become a leading destination for electric boats and the first charging hub along the Catalonian coast marine fast charging corridor.”

Aqua superPower has been rolling out its global network of marine fast chargers, with recent installations along the Cote d’Azur, the Italian Riviera, Venice, Plymouth and a further 150 chargers planned next year.

The port is adjacent to La Ràpita port within the Alfacs Bay and offers 1,150 moorings for boats ranging from 8 to 33 metres.

MDL’s Sant Carles Marina

“With this electric boat charger, another step is taken towards converting the port of La Ràpita into a Green port. Sant Carles Marina is the first nautical sports facility in Catalonia and the State that has an electric marine charger of 75 kW power to bring the arrival of ‘zero emissions’ boating,” says Isidre Gavin, president of Ports de la Generalitat.

“The installation of the new Aqua superPower fast charger is part of the Catalan Government’s strategic line for decarbonisation and adds to the adaptation of ports to climate change as part of one of the main pillars of the Horizon 2030 Ports Plan.”

Recently, the company launched its first UK charging network in Plymouth at MDL’s Queen Anne’s Battery.

Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superPower says: “This installation is the realisation of Aqua superPower’s recent partnership with The Catalan Association of Tourist Marinas (ACPET). We are delighted to be working with MDL Sant Carles Marina as the first in Spain and Catalonia to join Aqua’s marine fast charge network. This also fits well into our partnership with MDL Marinas Group.”

“Access to charging that provides a reliable ‘plug & charge’ experience and offers features like charge point visibility, is essential for boat owners if they are to develop the confidence to transition to electric boats,” continues Bamberg. “We look forward to bringing clean electric boating to Sant Carles Marina and supporting the Port de la Rapita’s wider green ambitions.”

Swedish electric craft company, X Shore, has also offered test rides, supercharged by the new fast charger as part of its partnership with Aqua superPower. X Shore’s Eelex 8000 electric boat is powered by intelligent software and is exclusively powered by two state of the art Kreisel Battery Packs (KBP 63) with a total battery capacity of 126 kWh. On a full charge, the boat can travel about 100 nautical miles at lower speeds.

Aqua superPower is the first company to develop and install a global marine fast charging network to support marinas, boatbuilders and boat owners in the sustainable shift to decarbonisation and marine conservation. The network will be accessible to electric boat users via the Aqua superPower secure app or RFID card.

In Catalonia, Aqua superPower partnered with The Catalan Association of Tourist Marinas (ACPET) this year to promote the creation of a network of connected marine fast-charging services for its members. The Association has 46 members of the 53 ports in Catalonia. Through the partnership, Aqua superPower will supply and install its high-power smart grid marine chargers at no cost to the site owner/operator, creating an infrastructure for electric boats and charging corridors along the 700km of Catalonia’s coastline.

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