Fischer Panda to propel new Mayflower

Fischer Panda UK will supply the propulsion system for the MAS project Photo: Fischer Panda Fischer Panda UK will supply the propulsion system for the MAS project Photo: Fischer Panda
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Fischer Panda UK will supply, install and commission a complete electric propulsion system for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) project which will emulate the original Pilgrim Fathers' Atlantic crossing in an unmanned trimaran.

The installation will include motors, batteries, diesel generators and associated power and control electronics for the crossing from Plymouth, UK, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, which will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing in 2020.

“We’re delighted to be involved in this innovative venture and for our products to be chosen to play such a vital role," said Barry Fower, Fischer Panda UK, MD. "We look forward to supporting the MAS team throughout the project.”

Renewable energy

The 15m trimaran is expected to make the crossing in approximately 12 days at speeds up to 20 knots, powered by Fischer Panda's fully-electric propulsion system that will be primarily charged by wind and solar energy.

The full list of equipment comprises two 48V DC generators (a 22kW Fischer Panda AGT 22000 and a 4kW Fischer Panda AGT 4000), two 48V Fischer Panda 20kW 600rpm Easybox shaft motors, a Mastervolt Mass Combi 48/3500-50 inverter and charger and a 38.4kWh battery bank consisting of eight Mastervolt MLi Ultra 5500 lithium ion batteries, providing 800Ah at 48V.

MAS is a collaborative venture between several academic and commercial institutions. Leading the initiative is ProMare, a non-profit charity established to promote marine research and exploration throughout the world. The vessel is being designed by Whiskerstay and MSubs.

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