LED lighting for world record superboat

Glamox LEDs will light Team Britannia’s ‘Excalibur’ Photo: Glamox Glamox LEDs will light Team Britannia’s ‘Excalibur’ Photo: Glamox

Team Britannia has chosen LED lighting from Norwegian company, Glamox, for its 80ft superboat, ‘Excalibur’.

Ocean adventurer, Dr Alan Priddy, is leading the British bid to design and build the fastest and most fuel-efficient wave-slicing powerboat to circumnavigate the globe for the UIM world record. The decision to fit LED lighting is just one of the many measures that the crew is taking to reduce the environmental impact of the record attempt.

“We are going to great lengths to make this the greenest as well as the fastest circumnavigation by a powered vessel,” said Dr Priddy. “This is why we are delighted to have Glamox on our team. They are among the world’s leading experts on LED technology, crafting products which are light, low energy and will stand up to the rigours of a round the world record attempt.”

Team Britannia will be using Glamox’s Series 60 and TL50 LED lights. The Aqua Signal’s Series 60 is a LED navigation light for vessels from 20 to 50 metres whilst the TL50 is an LED luminaire designed to reduce energy consumption and is suitable for a range of outdoor applications such as workshops, stores and passageways.

Revolutionary design

The superboat has a revolutionary semi-wave slicing design by former technical director of VT Halmatic, Professor Bob Cripps, which will cut fuel consumption by up to 30%. Alongside the innovative design, the boat will be powered on its 42,000km voyage using emulsified fuel which reduces harmful emissions. Additionally, the crew will be taking seawater and air samples every hour, recording the exact longitude, latitude and temperature before analysing the plastic content, to build up a unique map of microplastics in the water and air.

Tommy Stranden, general manager of Glamox, added, “As a company we are delighted to support Team Britannia, because we see the boat and the record attempt as a symbol for the future of the maritime industry.”

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