The nautical sector showcases innovative and sustainable solutions at the Valencia Boat Show

by | Oct 29, 2022

  • Electric and hybrid boats and engines, flexible solar panels, disposable sheets and towels, among the proposals at the Valencian boat show.
  • Citizen awareness talks and recycling workshops for the whole family fill a day dedicated to the environment at Espai La Marina in Valencia.

The 14th edition of the Valencia Boat Show, València’s boat show, has given prominence to sustainability and innovation on its second day. Once again this year, the number of proposals and initiatives linked to environmental care has increased, which together with the programme of presentations and activities highlight the sector’s concern and commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

Commitment to electric boating
Boats have already made the leap to electric sailing, and good examples of this can be found and visited at the Valencia Boat Show, such as the Menorquín Tiburón with electric motor presented by SportNautic. This is a traditional boat from the island of Menorca, which is presented at the Valencia Boat Show with a completely electric motor, offering silent and sustainable sailing.

This unit is accompanied by a Mallorcan llaüt that has become, with the help of the company Medivolt, which specialises in retrofitting or converting old boats to electric and hybrid engines, the first in the country to make this change.

The Danish shipyard X-Yachts, present at the Valencian show, also has the X4.9E model, an electric version of the X4.9 model, specially adapted in collaboration with the owner of the boat, aware of the silent and sustainable navigation, by the Finnish company Oceanvolt, leader in electric propulsion systems for yachts. For its part, Hanse Yachts offers the 315 model with an electric motor option, as well as the 51 model, a catamaran from the French company Fountaine Pajot, both distributed by Marina Estrella.

Visitors to the Valencia Boat Show will also be able to find the new Dutch-built sailing yacht, the Aira 22, which incorporates an electric motor that will facilitate silent entries and exits from port.

The Excess Catamarans range of multihulls, Beneteau’s youngest line, offers the possibility of incorporating solar panels for lower energy consumption on board, as well as lithium batteries and hydro-generating propellers, among other options for sailing towards more environmentally friendly consumption.

Spanish shipyards are not lagging behind in electric motorisation either, such as De Antonio Yachts, which has just presented together with Cupra its first hybrid model, the new D28 Formentor e-HYBRID, or NUVA Yachts, which offers the option of being delivered with an electric motor, a configuration that is already compulsory in countries such as Austria.

The Torqeedo brand, a pioneer in this type of proposal, also stands out in the electric motorisation line, which is once again present at the show with Navaltec.

Other proposals in the line of innovation and sustainability are the collection of disposable and biodegradable sheets and towels from Wear and Tear’s Sail & Clean line, Ecobat Battery’s flexible solar panels, Viltec’s first ECO Intelligent service turrets for boats,  the O2Marine bubble barrier and Collec’Thor for waste collection in ports, and the remote-controlled aquatic drone for waste collection and hydrocarbon clean-up Jellyfishbot, all presented by Equiport, as well as solutions from the multinational Vulkan.

Environmental awareness and innovation at Espai La Marina de València
Espai La Marina de València has today become the setting for talks, presentations and workshops related to environmental care. The day included a talk by Voluntaris de la mar, a meeting with Carmen Baselga and Hector Serrano on the exhibition ‘Beyond the plastic Wave’, which can be visited at Las Naves, and a workshop on recycling marine waste and an exhibition of artistic pieces made from Plastic Oceans Europe rubbish.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Espai La Marina de València will host a new meeting of World Design Generation, an initiative promoted by València World Design Capital 2022 and La Marina de València with the aim of giving voice and visibility to young talents in all fields of art and design. On this occasion, the meeting will be about innovation, design and nautical design, and will feature the participation of Santi Corell, CEO of SEArch, and Miguel Ángel Sánchez Díaz, CEO of Proteus, two companies that have developed innovative nautical solutions.