Sustainable fishing boats for Africa and beyond.
This E-Wave initiative aims to replace environmentally harmful and unsafe tropical-wood boats with lightweight, unsinkable boats made from locally recycled plastic.
A main goal is the high utilization of recycled local Polyethylen (PE) material from the outset. The boats are also optimised for e-mobility propulsion.
E-Wave will become a partner in a production facility for PE rotational moulding in Kenya in 2022. The successful market and feasibility study confirms a large demand, especially for fishing boats.
Development and next steps
This project is still in the middle of it´s development cycle. The studies were financed with own and external funds (DEG).
2021 - market and feasibility study on new e-mobility boat types for Fisheries Africa.
2021 - Studies on the introduction of PE boats for electric propulsion on Lake Victoria.
2022 - R&D boat design and production optimization. Development of partnerships.
2023 - Prototyping and preparation of production facilities.
2024 - start of serial PE boat production in Kenya.
Traditional boats from tropical wood further deforestation. They are cumbersome to propell and become dangerous to use with increasing age.
Locally recycled plastics will be used to the highest degree possible. The boats will be completely recycable.
If a new initiative is to take root and grow, it must offer real improvements for all stakeholders in key aspects:
- It must be simple, profitable and affordable for a large target group
- It must be economically viable for the investors who pre-fund the initiative and
- it must be ecologically sustainable for our planet.
Difficult? Yes! But possible with expertise and dedication!
the CO2 footprint of most developing nations is a fraction of that of our own.
So why is the leverage on an electric fisherboat in Africa so much greater than an e-vehicle at home? Let's discuss the soft aspects of environmental protection.
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