08.09.2016 (Covering period from 22.08.2016 to 07.09.2016)
Improvements after initial test runs on 19.08.2016
Scorpion helped us work out the centre of gravity of the boat and data that allow us to calculate where the batteries should be installed in order to keep a good weight distribution.
We installed the sea-water cooling circuit for the hybrid system. This was important in order to keep the gearbox in the outdrive cooled during diesel test runs even though the hybrid system is not installed yet.
ContiTech and Transdev helped us check the electric motor belt tension and alignment. They confirmed it was fine.
Important parts arriving
23'' propeller has arrived (one day after our first test run). It has been mounted and was already used for our second test run.
- Battery cells.
The steering wheel has now got our green branded label on it.
Test runs on Wednesday 31/08/2016 with the correct 23'' propeller
First time accelerating up to 30 knots at 75% throttle
Our first hour of engine operation
Thanks to Keith for offering help again with the rescue boat
Hybrid System Control Unit (HSCU) assembly
Our current plan is to have another test run to the Solent this Thursday for further improvements and to validate the data loggers. In parallel, we will transform battery cells into battery modules and then battery modules into a battery.
Our boat at Southampton Sustainability Week
A week of inspiring and interactive events to make Southampton more sustainable is happening from 8th - 16th October. We will be offering unique hybrid boat trips by inviting people to get onboard. More information and how to book tickets will be available soon.