French naval architect Jean-Jacques Coste will work with YdL and OXIS Energy. Shown here is one of his designs, Galaxy of Happiness. Pic: ©Fraser Yachts courtesy of OXIS Energy

OXIS Energy wins 10-year contract to electrify the luxury boat market

 1 min | By Gill Oliver
 | Energy | Infrastructure | Aerospace | Sustainability | Nov 17th 2020

Lithium-sulfur battery manufacturer OXIS Energy has won a £3.8m contract to build battery-powered luxury boats.

The 10-year deal with Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore will see Culham Science Centre-based OXIS Energy help create a 40-foot day boat powered by lithium sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery systems technology, with the aim of achieving a range of between 70 and 100 nautical miles at cruising speed.

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The vessel will carry a 400 kWh battery system made up of ultra-light, high-power cells and a battery management system (BMS).

Design and manufacture of the cells modules, the BMS and its installation will be carried out by subcontractor Williams Advanced Engineering.

Follow-on projects will include service boats and mega yachts.

OXIS Energy chief executive Huw Hampson-Jones says: “In August, OXIS successfully powered the first ever US-built electric aircraft with a flight time of just under two hours. The flight was approved by both NASA and the Federal Aviation Authority.

“Our intention is to achieve the same level of success in maritime applications.”

About the Author

Gill Oliver

Gill Oliver is a professionally trained journalist who’s written for The New Statesman, The Bureau for Investigative Journalism, The Daily Mail’s business section This is Money, The Press Association, The Huffington Post plus a host of national magazines, news agencies and trade and industry journals. She’s also spent nine years reporting on the Oxfordshire business and tech scene for The Oxford Times and The Oxford Mail.

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