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.
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.”