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Artemis Technologies: world's first all-electric foiling prototype completes sea trials

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UK-based Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from the Artemis Racing America’s Cup sailing team, has released the first pictures of its 100% electric, high-speed foiling workboat prototype on Belfast Lough.

The 11.5-metre vessel named Pioneer of Belfast is powered by the Artemis eFoiler system, which enables the prototype to fly over the water, using significantly less energy than a conventional workboat with high-speed re-charging technology also developed.

Launched from the company’s research and manufacturing facility in Belfast Harbour, the prototype is currently undergoing sea trials to verify its technical capabilities match those from the company’s digital twin simulations, ahead of the launch of Artemis Technologies’ small workboat range next month.

The vessel was designed and built to include the production specification drivetrain, battery and flight control components consumers will eventually see in the finished workboat, according to the company.

With big goals set for 2022, this announcement brings Artemis Technologies one step closer to providing high-speed zero-emission maritime transport to the masses.

The company has attracted significant UK Government and private investment and has partnered with Northern Irish organisations on a mission to help deliver a sustainable maritime future.

In 2020, a Belfast maritime consortium led by Artemis won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero-emission ferries in the city.

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