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World’s first network of marine superchargers use recycled aluminium from Hydro

The world’s first network of dockside superchargers designed for high-performance electric boats is using Hydro CIRCAL aluminium.

Electric-powered boat and Vita charger
VITA Power

Hydro will deliver the complete charging system housing to Vita superPower’s new dockside superchargers.

“We are proud to work with forward-leaning companies like Vita who are moving the market forward in the right direction using new design principles and high demands to the origin and environmental footprint of materials selected. Hydro CIRCAL is a perfect fit to the high standards Vita is setting,” says Luca Bertola, Hydro’s Managing Director Extruded Solution Italy.

Vita superPower is the first network of fully marinized dockside superchargers to support the use of high-performance electric boats. Each unit delivers 150kW, reducing charging times for compatible boats from approximately 6 hours to 1 hour. Launched in 2019 on the Cote d’Azur, superPower is installed and operational in Monaco, Cannes and St. Tropez, with further installations planned for the South of France.

The global electric boat market is estimated to grow to $14.3 billion by 2023 from $7.8 billion in 2017, according to Market Research Future.

Aluminium has turned out to be a very suitable material for marine applications. Hydro has already established a solid presence in a large part of the maritime industry, supplying thousands of tonnes each year to cruise ships, ferries, yachts and other vessel types.

Designed by BorromeodeSilva in Milan and manufactured by Hydro from its facilities in Ornago, Italy, the aluminium profiles for the Vita superPower are produced in recycled aluminium made with a minimum of 75% recycled post-consumer scrap.

“We have a responsibility to ensure the environmental impact of all our products is minimal, which is why we partnered with Hydro on this project. By using Hydro CIRCAL for the construction of the unit, the carbon footprint of superPower is significantly reduced,” says Rory Trahair, CEO of Vita.

Hydro will deliver the complete structure, including all the machining, accessories (gaskets, hinges, locking system) and the surface finishing, in addition to technical and design support.

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Einar Stabell

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